Baroness Deech

Yearning for Spring

Baroness Deech

I got up very early this morning in order to read through another 80 statutory instruments for the Merits Committee. Nothing much that was noteworthy, but it is bad news that this enormous volume of new subsidiary legislation is being pushed through in the dying days of this Parliament. Corners are being cut in terms…

Read my lips: no new legislation

Baroness Deech

My committee, Merits of Statutory Instruments, is suffering from overload. In January we scrutinised more than 100 new pieces of delegated legislation and in February/March we have had another 200 to look at. The reason for the increase may be a last-minute attempt to get them through before the announcement of the general election, or…

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…