Lord Norton

Different practices

Lord Norton

When the first vote took place on 16 January on an amendment to the Assisted Dying Bill, the result was announced as 107 for the amendment and 180 against.  However, this was later corrected when it was found that one peer had voted in both lobbies.  In the Lords, if a peer votes in both…

The Assisted Dying Bill

Lord Norton

Some people query the value of Private Members’ Bills on the grounds that relatively few make it to the statute book.  My view is that they are extremely valuable for raising issues, getting them debated and, in so doing, testing the arguments for and against.  Some of the issues covered by Private Members’ Bills attract far…

A fond farewell…

Lord Norton

Yesterday, the House broke with tradition and burst into applause.  The occasion was the valedictory speech of Lord Jenkin of Roding.  Under the House of Lords Reform Act, which took effect earlier this year, peers can now resign from the House.  The Procedure Committee produced proposals, agreed by the House, to mark the retirement of…

Use of the Parliament Act

Lord Norton

In the latest issue of The House, Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond interview William Hague.  On the Private Member’s Bill on an EU referendum, introduced last session by James Wharton and introduced in this session by Bob Neill, they ask the Leader of the House of Commons whether the Prime Minister would be ready to use…

The West Lothian question

Lord Norton

The ‘West Lothian question’ is a term coined by Enoch Powell after the then constituency of Tam Dalyell, who raised the issue.  However, the issue of what to do with representatives from a part of the kingdom which is given home rule was raised in the 19th Century during debates on Irish home rule.  It was…