Hope for Bosnia

Lord Hylton

I give below the text of a letter from Rev Donald Reeves, former rector of St James’s Piccadilly, and now Director of the charity called “The Soul of Europe”.  The National conference he mentions is not yet fully funded “I am grateful for the generous coverage of the service at Westminster Abbey, recalling the events at…

Mobility and maintenance

Baroness Deech

I am very upset by this change announced in the recent Budget: university maintenance grants for lower income students in England and Wales are to be scrapped from September 2016. Currently, students from families with annual incomes of £25,000 or less get the full grant of £3,387 a year. More than half a million students…

Taking the tablet….

Lord Norton

I began my academic career specialising in voting behaviour in the House of Commons, in particular intra-party dissent by Members.  This entailed manually checking every division list.  For my doctoral research, I estimate I read over 3,000 division lists, with the number of names running into seven figures, in order to identify any Members voting against…

UK Government – How not to run an efficient, cost-effective and safe railway to attract traffic off road and air

Lord Berkeley

How not to run an efficient, cost-effective and safe railway to attract traffic off road and air. The European Council and Commission are grinding their way through new legislation to achieve the above objectives and to bring the Single Market to the rail sector. Common standards and approval processes for rolling stock form part of…

If you can’t stand, you can’t sit

Lord Holmes

Friday saw the 2nd reading of Lord Faulkner of Worcester’s Accessible Sports Grounds Bill. Across the chamber there was support for what the Bill was seeking to achieve- reasonable access for disabled spectators to sports grounds, not least those of football’s Premier League.  I was delighted to take part in the debate on the Bill.…

Egypt – Death Sentences

Lord Hylton

I understand that 1541 death sentences have been issued between July 3rd 2013 and May 31st 2015.  Of these, 570 have been confirmed with the approval of the Grand Mufti, and they are under appeal at the Court of Cassation.  This court, however, cannot consider the merits of cases but only matters of interpretation of…