Thames Tideway Tunnel: DEFRA refuses to provide data, and then rejects Binnie conclusions due to lack of data!

Lord Berkeley

Prof Chris Binnie’s most recent report is a result of the Environment Agency releasing some data on dissolved oxygen content in the river.  Prof Binnie had to use FoI to obtain it, and only got a proportion of what he asked for.   I sent this report to Lord de Mauley who responded that Prof Binnie’s…

Another First for British science

Baroness Deech

I join with Baroness Murphy in welcoming the legalisation of clinical procedures to overcome the transmission of the dreadful mitochondrial disease. The Lords voted by a huge majority to allow the HFEA to consider treatment on a case-by-case basis, as envisaged in the 2008 Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act, and even by the wise Baroness…

Sauce for the Goose?

Lord Tyler

The chamber of the House of Lords can be very intimidating, especially for newer Members trying to make a succinct point, when it is full to bursting at Questions.  They can hardly be blamed if they refer carefully to notes when asking for information from Ministers. Yet, all too often, when they do this, some old stagers…

Ping Pong and Mitochondria

Baroness Murphy

There’ll be two important votes today. One is the last attempt to control untraceable secondary ticketing sales before sporting events, a worthy aim but the amendment has been rejected by the Commons, probably because of the difficulties of implementing widespread control of  rapacious sales. Then we shall come to the Regulations about the transfer of…

The rail – Scilly connection that doesn’t!

Lord Berkeley

From Lord Berkeley Open letter to: Robert Goldsmith, Chief Executive, IOS Steamship Company Mark Hopwood, CEO First Great Western Andy Cooper, CEO Cross Country Trains Cllr Chris Thomas, Isles of Scilly Council Cllr Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council Chris Pomfret, Chairman, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail 22 February 2015   Gentlemen,…

Why do we have half term?

Baroness Murphy

The average age of peers is 68….and a very nice age to be I can tell you. But very few of us have school age children and yet we keep school holidays in the House of Lords. Bizarre isn’t it? I thought at first it must be for the staff…considerably younger than us of course…

The Digital Opportunity: Make or Break Britain

Lord Holmes

Today, the Digital Skills Select Committee, of which I have been fortunate enough to be a member for the past year, published its report and recommendations. The everythingness of the digital opportunity is the fundamental point which we must get across:  training or trade, schooling or skills, education, health or employment, digital will change it…

Toothless ASA

Baroness Hayter

I recently complained to the ASA about a “Cotton Traders” ad for clothes by post which added in an “insurance” charge – albeit with an asterisk to a note below. This note showed that the insurance in fact only ensured that the stuff arrived in 7 days, and did not cover the goods themselves (and…