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Five short debates in the Lords

18 November 2022

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The House of Lords discussed the celebration of women's sport, the Libor system in the Bank of England, support for the horse racing industry and human rights in India and China, in five short debates on Thursday 17 November.

Celebrating women's sport

In the chamber, members debated government steps to celebrate the success of national women’s sports, particularly in team sports. This debate was put forward by Lord Addington (Liberal Democrat).

Lords Thursday debates

One Thursday each month, the House of Lords holds four short debates (one hour each) in Grand Committee. On Thursday 17 November members debated the following subjects:   

Bank of England Libor system

Members discussed steps needed to ensure that the Libor system remains available to be exercised by the Bank of England in the event that inter-bank lending is at risk of collapse, in a debate put forward by Lord James of Blackheath (Conservative).

Human rights in India

Members discussed the government's assessment of human rights in India, particularly in Kashmir, in a debate put forward by Lord Hussain (Liberal Democrat).

Human rights in China

Members considered allegations of human rights abuses in China, in a debate put forward by the Bishop of St Albans (Bishops).

Horse racing industry

Members considered support for the horse racing industry, in a debate put forward by Lord Risby (Conservative).

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Watch and read 

Catch up on Parliament TV or read the Lord Hansard transcripts.

Short debates  

Short debates are an opportunity for members to draw the government’s attention to concerns and hold it to account. They last for about 60 minutes and a minister or spokesperson responds on behalf of the government at the end.    

Four short debates on one Thursday a month take place in Grand Committee, work away from the main chamber.    

Learn more about how the House of Lords checks and challenges government.      

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