What’s on in our Parliaments this week ? 10-14 January 2022

All three Parliaments are now fully back in session this week. Lib Dem highlights include Rupert Redesdale’s Lords debate on farming on Tuesday and it’s a busy week for Wendy Chamberlain who has an adjournment debate on Long Covid on Wednesday, a Westminster Hall debate on global vacccine access on Thursday and a Private Members’ Bill on Friday. Tim Farron also has a debate.

So what’s happening?

Westminster

Monday has Defence questions, the remaining stages of the Nuclear Energy Finance Bill which basically gives the Government the right to finance new nuclear power stations. You can find out more in the Commons Library briefing.

There’s also a couple of nasty finance measures such as the approval of the welfare cap, which is exactly what millions of vulnerable people do not need.

The Lords look at the National Insurance Contributions Bill.

On Tuesday, it’s Business questions and a yet to be defined Opposition Day Debate for MPs

In the Lords, there is an interesting question from the Bishop of Durham on social security support for larger families. A good chance to highlight the appalling two child limit for state benefits.

Then there is a chance for the Lib Dem peers to get stuck in to the Health and Care Bill as it starts its line by line scrutiny before Rupert Redesdala has a debate on the support needed by the  farming industry to combat increased costs and competition.

On Wednesday, the drama of PMQs gives way to a bill which sets out an arbitration process on rent arrears for commercial properties which have accrued during the pandemic. The Commons Library briefing is here.

Then Wendy Chamberlain has an adjournment debate on Long Covid.

The Lords deals with the final stage of the appalling Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill.  You can read Brian Paddick’s unequivocal denunciation of it as the most illiberal and authoritarian Bill he has ever seen here.

There’s more on the National Insurance Contributions Bill later.

Thursday sees Cabinet Office questions in the Commons followed by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s weekly business statement, the Government’s response to the Transport Committee report on smart motorways which says they should be paused for 5 years and backbench business on education catch up and the Online Safety Bill.

In the Lords, Paul Scriven has a question on the impact of people waiting to be seen in ambulance queues, and there’s more Health and Care Bill.

It’s a sitting Friday in the Commons and both Wendy Chamberlain and Tim Farron have Bills, Wendy’s on requiring the Government to ensure public bodies have representatives from devolved nations and Tim’s to ensure proper scrutiny of the welfare and environmental effects of trade deals on farming. Both of these are so far down the list that it is unlikely that they will even be covered and will be deferred to another date.

You can get into the full parliamentary calendar from here.

Holyrood

On Tuesday MSPs will hear Nicola Sturgeon’s latest Covid-19 update before
debating the impact of labour shortages on Scotland’s economy, a legislative consent motion to the recent Westminster Animal Welfare Bill and a private member’s debate on Endemetriosis

On Wednesday there is a debate on mental health and wellbeing in primary care services, something which Scottish Liberal Democrats have been talking about for ages given the high levels of absenteeism for stress, especially given the cumulative effect of successive Covid waves on NHS staff.

An SNP has a debate on the teaching of Scottish history in schools.

On Thursday there is a Scottish Government debate on the National mission on drugs – the first year and next steps. This is a key priority for the Lib Dems who want the Scottish Government to do more to deal with the appalling drugs death figures, the worst in Europe.

You can find out more information here.

Senedd

On Tuesday, after First Minister’s Questions and a statement on the draft budget, the Senedd debates Covid-19 and current restrictions before a legislative consent motion on the Skills and Post 16 Education Bill.

On Wednesday, after questions, there are debates on Debt and the Pandemic and Health Inequalities. There’s a member’s debate on the hidden inequalities faced by deaf people.

More details are available here.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • This Friday also sees the 2nd reading in the Commons of the Education (Assemblies) Bill, which would end compulsory religious worship for non-faith schools and replace it with inclusive, non-religious assemblies. Conservative MP Crispin Blunt is leading this in the Commons, but it was Lorely Burt who successfully steered it through the Lords.

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