Lord Norton

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…

Constitutional implications of a ‘yes’ vote

Lord Norton

I get queries about what the constitutional implications are in the event of a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum in Scotland.  What will happen to MPs sitting for Scottish seats?  What are the implications for peers from Scotland?  People appear to think there are definitive answers.  My answer is to read the report of the Constitution Committee…

Attending Cabinet

Lord Norton

The House last night voted by 177 votes to 29 in support of a motion by Baroness Boothroyd that welcomed Baroness Stowell as Leader of the House, but regretted the decision of the PM to diminish the standing of the House by not making her a full member of Cabinet and requesting him to reconsider…

Constitutional standards

Lord Norton

On Monday, I chaired a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Constitution.  The speakers were Professor Dawn Oliver, of University College London, and Jack Simson Caird, of Queen Mary College, addressing their report, published by the Constitution Unit, on The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.  (You…