Next week in the Lords: 13-16 June… God bless Her Majesty!

House of Lords chamberAfter the pomp of the Queen’s Speech, comes the dissection of its content. Of course, that’s not all that gets done, so let’s dive into the week ahead…

Monday sees the debate on elements of the Speech relating to business, economy, local government and transport, whilst crossbench peer, Baroness Young of Hornsey has a particularly salient oral question, seeking a view on how UK clothing sector retailers might ensure that people working throughout their supply chains enjoy safe and secure working conditions in light of the Rana Plaza disaster.

On Tuesday, Kate Parminter has an oral question on the Government’s stance on a levy on single use plastic bags in England, before debate returns to the Speech, with agriculture, culture, education, energy, health and welfare under the spotlight.

Meanwhile, not getting the attention it deserves as usual, the Economic Affairs Select Committee will asking, “Is a new approach needed towards taxing corporations in a global economy?” The simple answer is yes. The long answer is rather more complex, I fear…

The Queen’s Speech is finally dispatched on Wednesday with defence, foreign and commonwealth affairs and international development, and one hopes for pressure on the 0.7% of GDP on international development target.

Finally, Thursday is rich with Liberal Democrat content, with oral questions on funding available to enable self-excluded severely bullied children to return to education from Sal Brinton and on Government proposals for reform of the EU at the forthcoming meeting of the European Council from Hugh Dykes. This will be followed by a debate on the contribution of outdoor activities to the UK economy and to the health and wellbeing of the population, to be opened by Tony Greaves.

And with a weekend to come, a nice long walk seems quite inviting…

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