As we begin a new year, I thought I would pose a few historical questions for this week’s quiz. I know some readers don’t attempt the quiz, but do find it interesting and, indeed, educative. I try to select questions that reflect the history as well as the nature of the membership of the House. As usual, the first two readers to supply the correct answers will be the winners.
1. In what year did the House of Commons, purged of many of its members, pass the resolution that ‘the House of Peers in parliament is useless and dangerous and ought to be abolished’?
2. The chambers in the New Palace of Westminster, built following the great fire of 1834, were occupied in different years, the Commons later than than the Lords. In what year was the House of Lords completed and occupied? (I’ll accept an answer within two years either side.)
3. In the first Labour Government in 1924, four peers were appointed to serve in the Cabinet but only two of them were actually members of the Labour party. (One or them was later killed in the R101 airship crash in 1930.) Name either of them.
4. Who was the last hereditary peer to serve as a Cabinet minister?
Even if you don’t know the answers to all the questions, feel free to answer those where you think you do know the answer.
Next week’s quiz will be about Labour peers.