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What's on in the Lords 20-24 May

17 May 2024

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Questions

This week members of the Lords press the government on hate crimes against Muslim women, land war readiness across the armed forces, failure of water companies, impact of Covid-19 on children in schools, and ensuring cyclists breaking the law are held accountable.

Questions to Foreign Secretary, Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton, are coming up on Tuesday. Topics include the UK's obligations to Israel regarding arms exports, effectiveness of UK sanctions on Russia, working with the government of South Africa, and conflict-induced food insecurity. 

Bills

Members complete further checks of the Victims and Prisoners Bill at report stage and line by line examination of the Media Bill at committee stage.

The 'wash up' period before the dissolution of Parliament begins on Thursday, where the final bills that may become law will be considered. Bills expected to be on the agenda include the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill, Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill, Victims and Prisoners Bill, Media Bill, Finance Bill, Pet Abduction Bill, Paternity Leave (Bereavement) Bill, Building Societies Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill, British Nationality (Irish Citizens) Bill and Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill.

Committees

  • The Preterm Birth Committee speaks to leaders at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
  • As part of its inquiry into shoplifting, the Justice and Home Affairs Committee hears from experts in crime.
  • The Windsor Framework Sub-Committee hears from Robbie Butler, deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist party, Matthew O'Toole, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour party, and Dr Stephen Farry, deputy leader of the Alliance party of Northern Ireland.

Read on for more.

 

Friday

From 10am

Bills

Members are expected to consider a range of bills, including the Finance Bill, Pet Abduction Bill, Paternity Leave (Bereavement) Bill, Building Societies Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill, British Nationality (Irish Citizens) Bill, Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill.

Additional business may also take place.

Prorogation

Parliament will be prorogued at the conclusion of business on Friday 24 May. Parliament will then be dissolved on Thursday 30 May ahead of the general election on Thursday 4 July. Neither the House of Lords nor its committees will then meet until after the election.

Catch up

Monday

From 2.30pm

Legislation

The House of Lords continued line by line examination of the Media Bill at committee stage.

Orders and Regulations

From 3.45pm

Membes debated the following regulations:

Tuesday

From 2.30pm

Legislation

Members completed further examination of the Victims and Pisoners Bill at report stage.

Debates

From 4.15pm

In Grand Committee, work away from the committee, members debate the Industry and Regulators Committee report, 'Must do better: the Office for Students and the looming crisis facing higher education'.

Wednesday

From 3pm

Legislation

The House of Lords continued line by line examination of the Media Bill at committee stage.

Orders and regulations

Members discussed a 'motion to regret' the Official Controls (Location of Border Control Posts) (England) Regulations 2024, put forward by Lord Berkeley.

Thursday

Bills

Members considered a range of bills, including the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill, Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill, Victims and Prisoners Bill and Media Bill.

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Watch

Questions, debates and scrutiny of legislation are streamed live online for free. Watch chamber and Lords committee meetings on Parliament TV.

Read

All business in the House of Lords chamber and in Grand Committee is transcribed and available to read from around three hours after it happens. Read it free online in Lords Hansard.

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