Supporting same-sex marriage

Lord Norton

Last year, the House of Lords voted for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill by an overwhelming majority, taking commentators – and many peers – by surprise.  The scale of support was greater than in the House of Commons.  Every grouping in the House (Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, and cross-benches) produced a majority in support…

Deleting history

Baroness Deech

This post is about the importance of paper.  I am a supporter of the campaign group Keep Me Posted, which wants to ensure that companies such as banks and utilities allow their customers to continue to receive paper statements, without paying extra for them, and that people are not forced to handle payments and keep…

HS2

Lord Berkeley

‘Passengers from HS2 to the Continent are set to trudge along Euston Road for the next 50 years’ The Government, having rightly cancelled its own HS1-2 link in the HS2 Bill as being not fit for purpose, plans to get the Commons to prevent the HS2 select committee from discussing any future alternative link. Whilst…

The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS

Lord Crisp

During Oral Questions in the House of Lords on February 10th I asked how many nurse directors there were in the English NHS from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. The depressing reply was that there were only 5 – from 170 NHS organisations. This is about 2.5%, yet 20% of NHS nurses are of black…

Guardians for Trafficked Children

Lord Hylton

I give below the text of what I intended to say on Baroness Butler-Sloss’s Amendment 56 to the Immigration Bill.  In the event the amendment was carried by 282 votes to 184. “There is an existing system for coping with trafficked children, whether from overseas or coming from the UK.  This tries to comply with…

Listen to disabled people

Baroness Lister of Burtersett

Today marks the publication of a new report, Beyond the Barriers, on the failure of the employment and support allowance (ESA) system.  So what’s new you might wearily respond given the almost daily criticisms of the system in the media?  But this is a report with a difference.  First it is entirely researched and written…

High speed timetable for reform?

Lord Tyler

Everyone seems to think we are in for quite a light legislative session after Easter.  We will not know for sure until after the Queen’s Speech in June, but what are blogs for if not to speculate! One big issue which will plainly pre-occupy quite a lot of MPs’ time is the labyrinthine ‘hybrid Bill’…

Saturday 12th April

Lord Hylton

is “International  Day for Street Children”.  Street children are defined as those who spend the majority of their time on the streets, sometimes begging, sometimes working, sometimes smoking pot or sniffing glue, sometimes in petty crime.  The cause is often loss of one, or both, parents, or just extreme poverty, in countries with no welfare…