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Lords debates relationship between the UK and India

20 January 2023

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On Thursday 19 January, members of the House of Lords debated the importance of the relationship between the United Kingdom and India and the case for strengthening future collaboration.


Baroness Verma (Conservative), Chair of the International Advisory Board, Institute of Directors (India), put forward the debate.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.    

Members speaking   

Members speaking in the debate included:

  • Lord Bilimoria (Crossbench), President, UK India Business Council
  • Lord Collins of Highbury (Labour), shadow spokesperson for foreign and Commonwealth affairs and international development
  • Lord Purvis of Tweed (Liberal Democrat), Liberal Democrat spokesperson for foreign and Commonwealth affairs
  • Lord Swire (Conservative), Deputy Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and former Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Baroness Foster of Aghadrumsee (Non-affiliated) and The Earl of Minto (Conservative), made their maiden speeches in the House of Lords during this debate.

Business was briefly paused (adjourned) at the start of the debate for Lord Soley to make a valedictory speech to members of House.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative), Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, responded on behalf of the government.  

Get involved   

Watch and read the debate  

Find out more about the issues discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcript of the debate and Lord Soley's speech.

Explore background information  

Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing.  

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

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