Losing senior figures

Lord Norton

The House has just lost two senior members with the deaths of Lord Richard and Lord Crickhowell.  Lord Richard (Ivor Richard) was a former Labour MP and UK Ambassador the UN.  In the Lords, he served as Leader of the House after Labour’s return to power in 1997. He also chaired the Richard Commission on Welsh…

Naming and shaming Departments

Lord Norton

In a post on my blog, I have drawn attention to the report from the Procedure Committee which was agreed yesterday by the House.  Part of the report was to inform the House that in future the names of Government Departments that failed to respond to reports from select committees within two months would be…

Relations with Continental Europe

Lord Hylton

After many comments and much discussion, I have come to the conclusion that remaining in a customs union gives the best hope for peace in Ireland, for the unity of the United Kingdom, and for prosperity in Great Britain.    

Valuing the work of the House…

Lord Norton

The House of Lords is criticised by some commentators on grounds of cost.  The criticisms are often levelled without any benchmark against which to assess value.  In a post on my own blog, I have drawn attention to the problems of ascribing a monetary value to the work of the House, not least in terms…

Peace in Kurdistan campaign

Lord Hylton

This statement  to mark the 19th anniversary of the abduction of Abdullah Ocalan comes from “Peace in Kurdistan”, which seeks a peaceful resolution of the current conflicts in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.

Teaching English to Refugees

Lord Hylton

Some of this is done by volunteers. More could be done, for example, by mobilising students to teach English. Our central government is, however, the main provider of this essential service. It is essential because it enables refugees and their families to work or study, to communicate with their neighbours, and to move towards full…

Home education meeting January 30th 2018

Lord Soley

About 30 people attended the meeting last night. Most were home educators and all were either opposed or worried about my Bill and that is why they were invited.   Generally the meeting went well. There was a strong exchange of views and I picked up some useful comments about the problems they saw with…