Recalls of the House of Lords

Lord Norton

Tomorrow’s recall of the House of Lords will be the first for nearly a decade.  We were last recalled in 2002, though in that year it occurred on two occasions: on 3 April for tributes to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and on 24 September to discuss Iraq and weapons of mass destruction.  The preceding year we were, exceptionally, recalled on three occasions because of the events of 9/11.  Prior to that, the House had been recalled in 1998 – on 3 September – to complete all stages of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill.

The provision for recall is governed by Standing Order 17(1).  This provides that the Lord Speaker (or, in her absence, the Chairman of Committees) may, after consultation with the Government, give notice of a meeting of the House on a date earlier than that to which it stands adjourned if she is satisfied that the public interest so requires.   The situation is not dissimilar in the Commons where the Speaker, having received representations from the Government, may (under Standing Order 13) recall the House. 

We meet tomorrow, at noon, to have statements on public disorder and on the global economy.

8 comments for “Recalls of the House of Lords

  1. maude elwes
    10/08/2011 at 3:35 pm

    A quick line on global economy.

    What would slow down the problem in the markets would be to change the rules so that there is a time lag between buying and selling for both currency, equities and commodities. The time lag could be anything from a few days to a few months in order to take the slosh factor out of equation.

    Presently, it is a ridiculous extreme of up and down and changing the rules would curtail speculation. This performance does not help the world economy it simply destabilizes it and fuels inflation.

  2. Gareth Howell
    10/08/2011 at 7:22 pm

    There are certain days of the year, which are noted in handbooks on the subject as Sellers’days, and some known as buyers’ days.

    The last couple of weeks is not unusual for the time of year, and can lead to a recovery (in share prices) by December.

    It is wise not to think about money as a commodity with which to gamble. The London Stock exchange is a gambling den like any other exchange and is to be avoided like the plague.

    As an anti-consumerist horticulturalist capitalism, represented by those gambling dens, should be destroyed.

  3. Twm O'r Nant
    10/08/2011 at 8:21 pm

    To imagine that merely because pro-soviet communism has gone, that there is no longer any angry left, would be a mistake.

    It means very little to be communist in a post communist and post Soviet world.

    It does mean alot to a good many people to be anti-globalist and perfectly happy to cause a demonstration or riot by whatever means at their disposal. Blackberry can hardly be blamed for providing the medium; it could be used for keeping all the employees of an estate agent office in touch all day long.

    It can also be used however for keeping Anti globalist,anti-capitalist, anti-consumerists in touch with local communities to rob for the sake of robbing, and to undermine law and order.

    My own approach to all the -isms that I support is not to demonstrate against, but to be self sufficient for myself.

    In the USA there are plenty of people like myself, who want to be self supporting and to opt out, seeing through Globalism, Capitalism
    Consumerism, but they would scarcely have bothered to describe themselves as Communist.

    The Menonites and kindred groups, which originated in Switzerland, believe in the power of hard physical work with no use of fossil fuels.

    The difference between them and the anti capitalist rioters is as unlike as chalk and cheese, but seen superficially, the ones seem paragons of virtue and the other harbingers of vice.

    The difference is the cause of Peace.

    I want to change the world by my own efforts.
    They want to change the world by smashing capitalism, and remaining completely involved with its systems, while they do.

    I went to the horticultural show on saturday.
    I could change the world; my broad beans, not exhibited, were far larger than the best ones on display. I’ll change the world!

    One step further back from anti=consumerism
    is surely primitivism, but not the anarchic variety, a form which becomes rooted in folklorism and nostalgia for the days when no
    powered machines were available, other than
    “horse and man”. That is itself the chorus to one folk lore tune.

    Riot and unionism, socialism and communism post date the days of primitivism and hard physical labour in the fields, with even harder work in the factories and workplace of the late 19thC, and the killing fields of the
    war machines of the early 20th

  4. MilesJSD
    11/08/2011 at 11:12 pm

    What provision is there for Recall of UK Parliaments in the face of much more serious overarching Global Crises ?

    such as
    “There should no longer be any doubt: global capitalism is fast approaching its terminal crisis … How is it possible for Western society to face up to the end times ?”
    (Slavoj Zizek, 2011, “Living In The End Times”; back cover review).


    • Lord Norton
      Lord Norton
      12/08/2011 at 10:50 am

      milesjsd: I think yesterday’s debate on the global economy had a certain relevance.

    • Lord Blagger
      12/08/2011 at 12:55 pm

      Lets see.

      Bank bail out – 60-70 billion with recent falls.

      Civil service pensions, 1,300 billion alone. No funds, they spent all the money on Lords expenses, MPs expenses, and all the rest.

      Total debts 6,800 billion, and that assumes no one will need benefits or medical treatment in retirement.

      • Lord Norton
        Lord Norton
        12/08/2011 at 5:39 pm

        Lord Blagger: Carol Vordeman would have a field day with you.

      • Senex
        17/08/2011 at 4:22 pm

        Funny money! No mention of the BoE then?

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