Military Intervention in Syria

Lord Hylton

The following was sent by email to the Prime Minster on the day before this country took part in combined military attacks in Syria.  A reply will no doubt come in due course:  “Despite the approval of the Cabinet, I remain opposed to this, after visiting Syria three times since 2015.  If it was wrong to…

The War in Yemen

Lord Hylton

IHere is the text of a Question for Written Answer I have put to HMG: “Whether they will make further deliveries of arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia conditional on that Government making determined efforts to achieve peace in Yemen”.  

Commonwealth Summit Meeting April 2018

Lord Hylton

I warmly welcome the emphasis for the meeting on a Rules-Based World. This is particularly needed at a time when Presidents Trump and Putin behave erratically and sometimes illegally. The commitment to human rights is very necessary. Nevertheless, much remains to be done, especially as regards organized crime, human trafficking, money laundering, cyber-crime and political…

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…