Ping-Pong between the Houses of Parliament on the Immigration Bill

Lord Hylton

The House of Lords had earlier passed a number of amendments to this Government’s Bill.  On April 26 the House of Commons sent them back with various reasons for rejection. Lord Alton of Liverpool moved a compromise amendment to allow asylum-applicants to take jobs, if their cases were still outstanding after nine months. This was…

The UK is still in railway wrecking mode!

Lord Berkeley

Rail monopoly news – 27April 2016  Message to European Transport Council – Why follow the UK to wreck parts of the 4th Railway Package Message to the European Parliament – Don’t validate the Technical pillar yet!  The UK Government is putting the 4th Railway Package at risk by digging its heels in with France (and…

Lord Walton of Detchant

Lord Norton

The House has just lost one of its oldest, but also one of its most active, members in Lord Walton of Detchant, who has died at the age of 93.  He was a regular attender and speaker until a few weeks ago, when he was taken ill.  He was professor of neurology at Newcastle University…

A representative House?

Lord Tyler

The indefatigable researchers of the Lords Library have updated the information they gave me earlier in the year on the age profile of Peers. Excluding those that have taken “leave of absence” or are disqualified there are now only two Members under 40 (both of them are 39) and there are 12 over the age…

A Better Deal for Disabled Persons

Baroness Deech

For close to a year I chaired the Lords’ Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee.  It was set up in June 2015 to examine the impact of the Equality Act on disabled persons, a group who had once enjoyed the protection of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, designed solely for them.  Now all 9 “protected characteristics” (gender…

Gaudeamus igitur

Baroness Deech

Recent depressing news reports that some graduates from lower performing universities go on to earn less after ten years in work than those who did not go to university at all (Institute of Fiscal Studies). Creative arts and communications studies graduates earned less than those who studied economics and medicine; women earned less than men and…

NOBILITY ON MOBILITY

Lord Holmes

I grew up in working class Kidderminster and am now in the House of Lords.  I haven’t the first idea how this came to pass but I guess social mobility must be in it somewhere. It was that and more which made me delighted to be part of the select committee on social mobility, our report…

Stepping down and stepping out…

Lord Bates

On April 6 (The UN International Day of Sport for Development & Peace) I will set out on a 2000 mile, five-month, solo-walk from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro. The reason for the walk is twofold; to raise awareness for the 2016 Olympic truce and to raise funds for Unicef’s work with Children in…