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Northern Ireland Protocol Bill inquiry launched by Lords Committee

30 August 2022

The House of Lords Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland has launched a new inquiry into the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill currently before Parliament. The Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons on 20 July and was presented to the House of Lords the following day.

This inquiry leads on from the Committee’s follow-up report on the economic and political impact of the Protocol published in July 2022, and will inform detailed consideration of the Bill by the House of Lords in the coming weeks.

Upcoming evidence sessions

The Committee will begin its inquiry during the September sitting of Parliament by hearing oral evidence on the economic, legal and political implications of the Bill from:

  • 7 September 2022, 3:30-4:40pm: Michael Hanley, CEO, Lakeland Dairies; Roger Pollen, Head of FSB Northern Ireland; and Peter Summerton, Managing Director, McCulla Ireland
  • 7 September 2022, 4:50-6:00pm: Professor Alan Boyle, Emeritus Professor of Public International Law, University of Edinburgh; and Professor Mark Elliott, Professor of Public Law, University of Cambridge
  • 14 September 2022, 3:30-4:40pm: Dr Niamh Gallagher, Lecturer in British and Irish History, University of Cambridge; and Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Institute of Economic Affairs

The inquiry will continue when the House of Lords returns from the conference recess on 10 October.

Further details on subsequent evidence sessions, and ways to contribute to the inquiry, will be published on the Committee website soon.

Further information