Merry Christmas to all our readers. I had planned to do some posts earlier in the week, but at rather short notice I had to prepare the index for one of my forthcoming books. I fear the excitement of it all rather engrossed me. Anyway, watch this space for posts on peers’ expenses and the costs of the House of Lords (the two are not synonymous) and the fact that 2010 is not the start of a new decade. (I write as one who got the Government to concede that 2000 was not the start of the new millennium.) In the meantime, here’s the promised bumper Christmas quiz. As a festive incentive, the first three readers to submit the correct answers will be the winners.
1,. Which peer regularly submits the most parliamentary questions for written answer?
2. Which peer is noted for collecting political cartoons and has published cartoon histories of prime ministers and monarchs?
3. The front page of the guide to business in the House carries a picture of the chamber. There are three peers sat in wheelchairs behind the Clerks’ chairs. Can you name two of them?
4. Which former law lord, now a Justice of the Supreme Court, is married to a member of the Court of Appeal?
5. Which baroneses on the Conservative benches have husbands sitting in the House of Commons?
6. Which cross-bench peer is a Commander of the Order of the Lion (Finland), Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (Sweden) and Knight of the Order of Dannebrog (Denmark)?