Baroness Deech

The blessings and burdens of the BBC

Baroness Deech

On Thursday afternoon, 3rd December, there was a debate on the future of the BBC, led by Lord Fowler, chairman of the Lords’ Communication Committee.  The House is often quite critical of the BBC in debate, especially around the time of Charter renewal which, in the past, has taken place every ten years.  On this…

A pint is forever

Baroness Deech

Back to work this week on my Select Committee, Merits of Statutory Instruments.   Our job is to scrutinise weekly the delegated legislation made under the authority of an Act (that is, the detailed stuff that makes the Act work) and see if any of the statutory instruments fail to achieve their objectives, or should be…

An Ethics Competition

Baroness Deech

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 was largely the work of the House of Lords.  It built on and extended the provisions about IVF and embryo research in the 1990 law, which had established in Britain the first comprehensive regulatory authority in this field, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.  The HFEA arouses great interest all over the…

Law in Action

Baroness Deech

In 2007 Parliament passed the Legal Services Act, which might – or might not – revolutionise the way lawyers work, especially barristers.  The law allows for, but does not insist on, barristers being able to enter partnership with solicitors, or with each other, instead of carrying on in the time honoured fashion as self employed.  I chair…