Coming up in the Lords: 25-29 June

It’s all gone a bit quiet at the more civilised end of the Palace of Westminster, after the mayhem that came at the end of the last Parliamentary session. That isn’t to say that it’s dull, but there is rather more debate and scrutiny than voting.

The Crime and Courts Bill has reached its Committee stage, and Days 3 and 4 take place on Monday and Wednesday next week. I have to admit that I understand precious little of this, even after reading the various (astonishingly lengthy) amendments, so if anyone fancies trying to explain it, I for one would be grateful. The expectation is that Lords Henley and McNally will be introducing vast swathes of explanatory notes to add to the legislation, thus making it even more impenetrable. However, where the fun is likely to start is around Part 3, which touches on such subjects as border control.

Tuesday sees the Committee stage of the Financial Services Bill, which seeks to establish a new Financial Policy Committee for the Bank of England, creates the Prudential Regulatory Authority, to regulate institutions that manage significant risks on their balance sheets, to create the Financial Conduct Authority as an independent conduct of business regulator and making the Bank responsible for the regulation of clearing houses.

The tattered remnants of the House of Lords Reform Bill, David Steel’s attempt to introduce some basic good practice into the Lords, come to the House on Friday as the House of Lords (Cessation of Membership) Bill, which will allow Peers to cease to be Members of the House of Lords by way of retirement or remove them in the event of non-attendance or criminal conviction. Given the sudden enthusiasm for this Bill as an alternative to serious reform, one might expect it to meet with uniform approval. However, in the Lords, nothing is as simple as that…

The only oral question from a Liberal Democrat this week is from Raj Loomba, on support for widows living in poverty in developing countries (Wednesday), whilst Dominic Addington has sponsored a debate on accessible education and training for those with hidden disabilities such as dyslexia and autism on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the Committee corridors, EU Sub-Committee B is gathering evidence on the question of women on boards on Monday, whilst on Tuesday, the Economic Affairs Committee continues its examination of the economic implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish independence. Witnesses from the CBI and the Institute of Directors might well be expected to be sceptical.

On Wednesday, the Constitution Committee considers the accountability of civil servants, and a selection of witnesses from campaigning groups, including ‘Unlock Democracy‘, will be cross-examined. For fans of all things sweet, EU Sub-Committee D will be considering the EU sugar regime, and chocolate is likely to be part of the mix there.

* Mark Valladares is married to a member of EU Sub-Committee B, and is known to blog at ‘The View from Creeting St Peter‘.

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