Author Archive for Lord Hodgson

European matters

Lord Hodgson

As we stagger towards the end of the Parliamentary sessions and look forward to sun, sand and sangria, the UK’s relationship with Europe has continued to occupy our minds as well as a good deal of Parliamentary time. At the centre of the current discussion is the UK’s right to opt out of 130 European…

Parliamentary Session

Lord Hodgson

The end of a Parliamentary session is always a slightly fraught time as the Government of the day seeks to wrap up proceedings on the Bills in progress. So late night sitting, fierce debates and short tempers are the order of the day. This year has been no exception. An issue with which I have…

Growth and Infrastructure Bill

Lord Hodgson

We are reaching the end of the proceedings on the Growth and Infrastructure Bill which aims to increase economic growth by reducing the red tape and delays in the planning process. Inevitably there are unintended consequences in such a far reaching measure – the position of the Canal and River Trust (‘CRT’) is one such.…

Website Operators and the Defamation Bill

Lord Hodgson

One of the pieces of legislation currently completing its passage through the House is the Defamation Bill. The Bill aims to bring the law in this specialist but important area up to date to reflect modern social conditions. But I fear in one significant area the legislation has missed an opportunity – in considering the…

Financial Services Bill

Lord Hodgson

December saw the final stage in the passage of the Financial Services Bill through the HOL. The behaviour of certain people in the City of London has clearly been unacceptable but there is no doubt that a buoyant financial services sector contributes greatly to the country’s general prosperity. There is a real danger that the…