Baroness Deech

Question time

Baroness Deech

Every day in the Lords starts with four oral questions, and it can be difficult to secure a slot (three a week are saved for last minute topical questions). Many peers want to ask questions in order to hold the government to account and to find out more about plans and actions taken, and this…

Half term

Baroness Deech

What do peers do during the recess? For me, it provides relief from the horrors of commuting on the train and the underground, a two and a quarter hour journey from door to door, and from living out of a suitcase for two or three nights a week in London. I know many people do…

Schoolgirls II

Baroness Deech

Once again I am fully in support of Lord Soley’s comments. I am impressed by the vigorous way in which the lobby for unregulated home education responded to this blog, but I remain concerned. If home education is as good as is claimed, then there is nothing to fear from some inspection. If a child…

Schoolgirls

Baroness Deech

I agree with Lord Soley, not only that there may be dangers in uninspected home education, but also that children miss out on many advantages if they do not spend their time in the company of other schoolchildren. Learning to mix, discipline, sport, drama, outings, various aspects of learning that are not available at home.…

Human Rightsology

Baroness Deech

Following on Lord Hylton’s comments, I have noticed that the provisions in the Equality Bill are making many reasonable and decent people very unhappy. They feel that their faith, and provision of services by its adherents to the members of their community and to the wider world are under threat. Why is this? Listening to…