The House of Lords is not sitting this week. However, the fact that the House is not sitting does not mean nothing is happening at our end of the Palace. Some committees continue to meet – I have a meeting this afternoon of the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee (we have a large number of Statutory Instruments to consider) and this evening have to chair a meeting of the Parliamentary University Group – we are addressing the future of the UK’s research base. I have various meetings tomorrow and during the course of today have encountered a good many peers.
I have previously mentioned that a great deal of work gets undertaken outside the chamber, but it tends not to get noticed (at least not to the same extent as what is happening in the chamber) and there certainly appears to be an assumption that if the chamber is not in session then nothing much is happening in the Lords. I have already met some people today who make this assumption – including one or two who ought to know better!