House of Lords pauses for recess

18 December 2014

The House of Lords is on its Christmas break (recess) from Thursday 18 December until Tuesday 6 January 2015.

As the 2014-15 session continues, members of the House of Lords have been busy scrutinising bills and investigating government activity through committee work. Find out where the Lords stands on the latest legislation and more before it gets back to business next year.

Modern Slavery Bill

The bill seeking to consolidate current offences relating to trafficking and slavery spent four days in committee stage, the chance for line by line scrutiny, in the Lords. Committee stage concluded on Wednesday 10 December. The bill now moves to report stage, a chance for further scrutiny. A date is yet to be scheduled.

Serious Crime Bill

The Serious Crime Bill had its third reading, a final chance to tidy up the bill and make changes, in the House of Lords on Wednesday 5 November. It has now been sent to the House of Commons for its consideration.

Infrastructure Bill

The Infrastructure Bill sets out a framework for the government’s proposals to fund, plan, manage and maintain the UK’s national infrastructure. It completed its third reading, a final chance to tidy up the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Wednesday 19 November and is now being considered by the House of Commons.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

The bill sets out changes in how offenders are dealt with before and after conviction, proposals covering the proceedings and powers of courts and tribunals, and proposals to change the system of judicial review. Members of the Lords considered Commons' changes to the bill on Tuesday 9 December. There were four votes in the chamber and the bill was returned to the House of Commons.

Lords committee work

The House of Lords Constitution Committee published a report on the office of the Lord Chancellor, concluding that the position's duty to the rule of law requires him or her to seek to uphold judicial independence and the rule of law across government, The report recommended the Lord Chancellor’s oath of office be amended to reflect this duty.

Lords select committee video series

Five new short videos explore the different types of select committees, their influence and impact, and how you can get involved.

Lords 2014 chamber event

On Friday 28 November 2014, over 190 people came together in the House of Lords chamber for an inter-generational debate on decision-making in a digital society.

Participants were drawn from partnerships with a number of organisations including UK Youth, the University of the Third Age and the Tinder Foundation, as well as students from the Universities of Exeter, Ulster and Warwick, the London College of Communication, and various schools from England and Northern Ireland.

Future business

The Lords gets back to business on Tuesday 6 January 2015. Highlights of the first week of business include:

Browse our online calendar for the latest updates

Business is provisional and subject to change.

Further information

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