Author Archive for Lord Hodgson

Save Our Pub

Lord Hodgson

The House had the Second Reading of the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill last week – a bill on which the Government suffered a surprise defeat at the very end of proceedings in the House of Commons as a result of which the pub “tie” – by which brewers give financial and other support…

North Sea Oil

Lord Hodgson

In the 1970’s Britain discovered that nature had given her a wonderful gift – North Sea Oil. Over the years since that initial discovery the proceeds from North Sea oil have been used to transform areas of our country. Meanwhile new technologies have meant that there was more oil than was originally believed and the…

Population does matter

Lord Hodgson

The past week has seen the completion of the House of Lord’s debate on the Government’s programme for the period leading up to the General Election in May 2015. One overarching issue had little or no attention – an issue which will have a dramatic impact on every aspect of government policy – that is…

Defence Reform Bill

Lord Hodgson

The arrival of the Defence Reform Bill, which will give the Government powers to sub contract to the private sector a substantial part (possibly all) of the supply of our defence equipment, gives an opportunity to raise the issue of the increasing use of drones and whether the supervision of them is adequately provided for…

Transparency of Lobbying Bill

Lord Hodgson

The Transparency of Lobbying Bill has given rise to concerns in the charity sector as to the impact this may have on their ability to influence policy development particularly in the run up to future General Elections. At its heart this issue is about where policy work crosses over into campaigning. The charity sector enjoys…