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Short debates in the Lords

14 October 2022

Busy House of Lords chamber

The House of Lords discussed indefinite sentences for prisoners, spending on pharmaceutical research, careers in horticulture, corruption in the UK and the National Heritage Act 1983, in five short debates on Thurday 13 October.

Offenders serving indefinite sentences

In the chamber, members debated the government's progress in producing a new action plan for offenders still serving indefinite sentences under the Imprisonment for Public Protection scheme. This debate was put forward by Baroness Burt of Solihull (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 13 October, members debated the following subjects:  

Spending on pharmaceutical research and development

Members considered steps to increase the UK’s share of global pharmaceutical research and development spending, in a debate put forward by Baroness Wheeler (Labour).

Careers in horticulture

Members debated support for careers in the horticultural sector and the role of that sector in protecting the environment, in a debate proposed by Baroness Fookes (Conservative).

Corruption in the UK

Members discussed the government's assessment of the effects of corruption in the UK, in a debate put forward by Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (Green Party). 

National Heritage Act 1983

Members considered plans to review the National Heritage Act 1983, in a debate proposed by Lord Vaizey of Didcot (Conservative).

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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.     

Image: House of Lords / photography by Roger Harris