Good news. I have secured time for a debate in the Lords on this Wednesday afternoon from 3.45pm on our report ‘Are the Lords Listening? Creating connections between people and Parliament’.
Our report has certainly had some effect. Members of the House of Lords and the Administration are using the internet much more to describe what is going on in Parliament. Our website – www.parliament.uk – is now full of information about debates that are taking place, select committee meetings and new Bills.
Our Education Service is expecting to host visits from up to 40,000 students this year and I am hoping that the idea of parallel debates for the public online to compliment our Thursday debates in the Chamber is moving forward.
But I would like a better idea of what else you think we should be achieving. Please tell me what, in your judgment, are the political subjects and ideas that you would like to know more about but are still missing on Parliament’s website.
Expenses have of course had an enormous amount of coverage. The reputation of Westminster is at a very low point but Parliament remains the vital element in law making in Britain. So what else would you like to hear about in the workings of the Lords?
Serious thoughts please, today or tomorrow. Not too many jokes.
Lord Renton of Mount Harry