European 4th Railway Package. France, Germany et al still try to prevent competition

Lord Berkeley

      From Tony Berkeley, House of Lords, London SW1 Message to Luxembourg Presidency on 4th Railway Package.  There has been progress; the technical part is agreed, and the package is still together.  Keep it together, and ignore the warnings of the monopolists.  There are still a few serious outstanding issues which need resolving…

Time to stop sharing?

Lord Holmes

Today I have published detailed research into so called “shared space”.  This is the architectural conceit, the planning folly which proposes that the removal of kerbs, road markings, controlled crossings such as zebras and pelicans and so on leads to a better experience for all users of our streets.  To be clear this means no…

Out of the frying pan into the fire: the BBC to OFCOM

Baroness Deech

    It is rumoured that the days of the BBC Trust are over and that regulatory oversight of the BBC will be transferred to OFCOM. The House of Commons Select Committee on Culture Media and Sport recommended in its report The Future of the BBC http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmcumeds/315/31510.htm#a48 that OFCOM be the final arbiter of complaints…

Moving out?

Lord Norton

The Final Report from Deloitte on The Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme Independent Options Appraisal was published at 1.00 p.m. today.  It was preceded by a presentation to MPs and peers.  The meeting was not entirely harmonious.  Part of the reason for this was highly parochial: some of the Power point slides were virtually…

Women peers and leadership

Lord Norton

The House appoints tomorrow the members of four ad hoc committees established for this session  – on the Equality Act 2010 (looking at the impact on people with disabilities), Sexual Violence in Conflict, Social Mobility, and the Built Environment.  What is notable is that each is being chaired by a female peer – Baroness Deech (cross-bencher), Baroness Nicholson of…

Northern Ireland

Lord Hylton

I know from many visits to Northern Ireland,and from experience within our own family, that society there is still deeply divided.  Government at all levels has a responsibility to help people to heal the division.  I can make three suggestions for government action: 1:  Work on investigating and prosecuting politically motivated crimes committed before 1994…