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Lords debates Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill

21 February 2024

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Members of the House of Lords discussed the main objectives of the Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill at second reading on Tuesday 20 February.

The aim of the Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill is to prevent public bodies from participating in boycotts, divestment and sanctions campaigns against overseas states and territories, based on moral or political disapproval.

Debate on the draft law

During second reading, members discuss the main topics in the bill and draw attention to specific concerns or areas where they think amendments (changes) are needed.

Members speaking

Contributing members included:

Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Conservative), Minister of State in the Cabinet Office, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.

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Find out more about the bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Next steps

Committee stage, the chance for line by line examination of the bill, is scheduled to begin on 20 March.

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