Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

Lord Soley

I listened to Any Answers ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/anyquestions.shtml ) on my car radio this Saturday and was reminded of the strength of feeling on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. I am fairly confident that the majority of people are in favour of the Bill but now that several church leaders have waded in I suspect the argument will get…

Easter brings out bloggers

Baroness Murphy

The pace of blogging is hotting up no end, I see my colleague peers are joining us and that’s great. I try to persuade as many of my colleague crossbenchers as I can, I think I got Baroness Deech hooked the other day but failed with Lord Walton, who reckons as he’s now in his…

Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee – next hearing

Lord Soley

The next hearing of the Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee will be on Wednesday 26th March at 3.30pm. The hearing is open to the public as usual. Our witness will be Dr Scott Dowell, Director of the Global Disease Detection Program of the US Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA. http://www.cdc.gov/ The evidence will be taken…

Tibet and Iraq

Lord Soley

Question time on Thursday gave me the opportunity to make a point about training the Iraqi army and also about  Chinese repression in Tibet. These are both contentious issues. Iraq. Whatever your views about the invasion of Iraq I hope people will agree that training the Iraqi army is vital for the future stability of the…

Interested in Parliament 2….

Lord Norton

One of the best sources of information about Parliament is the Parliament website (www.parliament.uk). This now has a mass of useful information and is invaluable not only for learning about the institution but also about subjects debated or investigated by either House or their committees. Just browsing through the official report (Hansard) for each House,…

Interested in Parliament 1….

Lord Norton

The purpose of this blog is to inform a wider audience about the role of the House of Lords, hopefully provide some insights into its workings, and encourage interaction with those who read it. For anyone who is interested in learning more about the House, there are a number of valuable sources. There is the…

Anniversaries

Baroness Young

Anniversaries of big events can be useful reminders of the changes that have taken place during lifetimes, or over centuries. I must admit to having been quite shocked to find out that women were only allowed into the House of Lords in 1958. I also hadn’t been aware that when women were granted the vote…

Party strength

Lord Norton

An academic colleague came to see me at the House yesterday. When a vote was called, he said to me ‘there is still a Conservative majority in the House, isn’t there?’ He is a specialist in British politics! This view appears still to be widely held. I had to point out that, since the House…

Beyond the Lords…

Lord Norton

This week I have had an opportunity not only to be engaged in business in the Lords but also to look more broadly at our constitutional arrangements. On Tuesday, I spoke at a sixth-form conference at Wellington College (above) on ‘Britain’s changing constitution’ and this morning I spoke to undergraduates at Wroxton College (below), the…