My Report on an Inter-Parliamentary Visit to Lebanon in March 2015

Lord Hylton

Lebanon is a unique country.  It is both Arab and Mediterranean with a long trading history.  Today it serves as an entrepot and transhipment centre, while it has the prospect of significant off-shore oil and gas.  It has mountains as well as a relatively fertile hinterland. The indigenous population is fairly evenly divided between Christians…

A Paean for a Pianist: Dame Fanny is 95

Baroness Deech

Today Dame Fanny Waterman celebrates her 95th birthday.  I was privileged to host a reception for her at the House of Lords a few days ago to mark her birthday, and to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Leeds International Piano Competition, which she founded, and which will be held again in September of this…

Triggering an early election…

Lord Norton

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 has important implications for British politics.  What is remarkable is how few politicians and commentators appear to know its provisions, particularly in respect of when an early election can take place.  Some still seem to think that the Prime Minister can ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament and call an election.  The…

Human Fertilization Regulations

Lord Hylton

This was a short speech, prepared but not delivered.  Both Houses of Parliament have now approved the Regulations.  It remains to be see how they will work out in practice and whether the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority will be an effective and safe regulator: “I have received well over two dozen letters and emails…