Lord Norton

A self-regulating House

Lord Norton

 I will be speaking in a debate in Grand Committee in the Lords later today.  How do I know I will be speaking?  Don’t I have to catch the eye of the Speaker or whoever is presiding, as in the Commons?  The answer is no.  Unlike the Commons, the Lords is a self-regulating chamber.  The Lord…

Dear Lord….

Lord Norton

 Parliamentarians, especially MPs, receive a mass of letters.  Each year, I put down a question asking how many items of mail were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous year.  Last month, I was given the figures for 2007.  A total of 4,199,853 items of post were received.   The percentage split between the…

Fixing the date of Easter?

Lord Norton

Does anyone have a view as to whether we should have a fixed date for Easter, a fixed Spring bank holiday separate from Easter as a religious occasion, or leave things as they are? The Easter Act 1928 introduced a fixed date but provided that before a draft order could be laid before Parliament ‘regard…

Interested in Parliament 2….

Lord Norton

One of the best sources of information about Parliament is the Parliament website (www.parliament.uk). This now has a mass of useful information and is invaluable not only for learning about the institution but also about subjects debated or investigated by either House or their committees. Just browsing through the official report (Hansard) for each House,…

Interested in Parliament 1….

Lord Norton

The purpose of this blog is to inform a wider audience about the role of the House of Lords, hopefully provide some insights into its workings, and encourage interaction with those who read it. For anyone who is interested in learning more about the House, there are a number of valuable sources. There is the…