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…

How not to respond to a committee report

Lord Norton

On Tuesday, the House debated a report from the Constitution Committee of the Lords on The office of Lord Chancellor. It was a reasoned report, making a number of recommendations.  In the debate, peers commended various of the proposals advanced by the committee.  However, what was remarkable was the unanimity among backbench speakers as to…

Time to stop sharing?

Lord Holmes

Today I have published detailed research into so called “shared space”.  This is the architectural conceit, the planning folly which proposes that the removal of kerbs, road markings, controlled crossings such as zebras and pelicans and so on leads to a better experience for all users of our streets.  To be clear this means no…

Out of the frying pan into the fire: the BBC to OFCOM

Baroness Deech

    It is rumoured that the days of the BBC Trust are over and that regulatory oversight of the BBC will be transferred to OFCOM. The House of Commons Select Committee on Culture Media and Sport recommended in its report The Future of the BBC http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmcumeds/315/31510.htm#a48 that OFCOM be the final arbiter of complaints…