What’s going on in our Parliaments this week?

Welsh National Assembly - Senedd - Some rights reserved by Wojtek GurakWhat will be on our parliamentarians’ minds this week?

The Senedd

The most important thing from a Liberal Democrat point of view is the ending of the consultation period on Kirsty Williams’ minimum nursing levels bill which she wrote about here in March. If you have something you want to say on this, you have till close of business tomorrow. Here’s the information you need to respond.

Today sees an event to mark Welsh Refugee Week. Later in the week there are events to do with Cancer research and the survival of the Welsh language.


Today sees William Hague give a statement on the sexual violence summit which took place last week. Hague is in my good books after his robust response to John Humphrys’ suggestion on the Today programme that he should have been dealing with more important things like Iraq.

The Commons debates the Consumer Rights Bill – which has lots of good Liberal Democrat giving power to the powerless instead of big corporations stuff in it.

Labour MP Sheila Gilmore has an adjournment debate on work capability assessments.

Later on this week, the House debates the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill and on Thursday, Maria Miller has an adjournment debate on what’s become known as “revenge porn”. Coming on top of Julian Huppert’s intervention on the subject last week, it’s encouraging to see that there is cross party momentum building.

Two Liberal Democrats have Westminster Hall debates: Sir Andrew Stunell on the banking industry’s business loan appeals system and Adrian Sanders on the Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes.

The Lords is discussing the Serious Crime and Infrastructure Bills, debating extremist terrorism and getting numbers on rough sleepers in England and lesbian and gay asylum seekers from Uganda.

I shouldn’t, but I have a weird curiosity about the Buckinghamshire County Council (Filming on Highways) Bill which has its Third Reading tomorrow.  It seems to be about actually making films rather than surveillance activity.


The Scottish Government is having debate on creating a humane system for asylum seekers and refugees. This is one area that Liberal Democrats of the border have changed enough. Yes, we’ve ended child detention, but when you still hear horror stories about the way people are treated and the new rules on bringing in family members cause real suffering. However, given the way the SNP run the justice system, I’m not so sure that their immigration system would be any more people centred and humane. It’ll be an interesting debate.

The Labour Party have a debate on Scotland’s Future. How good would it be if they could talk about something other than the forthcoming referendum?

Photo of the Senedd by Wojtek Gurak

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