A number of readers have lamented the absence in recent months of the quiz, so I thought I would reintroduce it, not least in the period of prorogation. This time there is a difference in that there will be a tangible prize: a copy of my The Voice of the Backbenchers. It will be winging its way to the first reader to answer the questions correctly.
1. The House of Lords has recently begun to use ad hoc committees to undertake post-legislative scrutiny of Acts in particular areas. One committee examined adoption law. Who chaired the committee and why was that person especially well suited to the task?
2. The House presently has one Nobel Prize Winner among its members. Who is it?
3. The House has a number of peers who have served as university Vice-Chancellors, such as Lord Smith of Clifton and Baroness Blackstone, but which peer has served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Baroda?
4. Which peer spent over thirty years as an consultant obstetrician at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, and is a former President of the Royal College of Obstetricians?
5. Which peer has a DPhil in evolutionary models?
6. At least two peers have been Thouron Scholars at the University of Pennsylvania. I am one. Another is now chairman of a bank. Who is he?