Planning my month ……

Baroness Grey-Thompson

Tonight I am sitting in my office, catching up on paperwork, sorting out my inbox, and also planning my next couple of weeks between my Lords work, and the other things I do. I don’t know how, but miraculously it all seems to fit together.  Today I travelled down from the North of England where I live, have had a meeting out in Canary Wharf (I am Vice-Chair of the Athletes Committee for London 2012), and then it was a short tube ride to Westminster.  This afternoon’s business was the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill (Second Reading).

There are also some interesting questions coming up soon which I want to ensure I attend.  When I first came here, a fellow Peer said it can be a little like school and actually he was right.  Although the Palace of Westminster bears no resemblance to my school, I do find that I learn something every day.  Questions are one of those times, when a whole variety of fascinating things are discussed, that perhaps I would never have considered unless I was here.  They range from blood donation, the tourist industry, to good design in the built environment.

One thing I am currently working on is looking at the experiences of disabled people who want to travel by air.  I have a lot of personal experience of this, some great, and some, as you may imagine, not so.  I am trying to gather some experiences across the whole spectrum, so that I can put some more thought behind how we can ensure that disabled people’s treatment and service is of equitable quality.  At the moment, it feels like something that could form into a Question rather than me trying to ballot for a Debate, but I need to get more information.  So, with that in mind, any experiences, good and bad, gratefully received……

4 comments for “Planning my month ……

  1. Gareth Howell
    09/11/2010 at 9:17 am

    As a disabled person I would never have considered trying to travel by air. My disability is lesser than it was, but I doubt whether I shall travel by air again.

  2. 09/11/2010 at 12:57 pm

    Perhaps Michael Flanders’ piece “By Air” from “At the Drop of Another Hat” could do with more repeats. Presumably little has changed since his day.

  3. Gareth Howell
    10/11/2010 at 8:03 am

    The house of commons is more like a school, as Mrs Thatcher used to imply, a very unruly one at that!

    HofL, dear Lady is an Old Folks home, pure and simple, best left to its own devices.

    If you want to go in to the care business, then there may be some potential.

    My other half and I wish you very good luck with your campaigns/causes for the world of Athletics and disability.

    Disability is something with which the HofL has plenty of valuable experience on account of the great age and frailty of most Members.

    You may have a little common cause with them
    on account of it. Good luck!

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