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A good year for Parliament?

Lord Norton

Mark D’Arcy of BBC Parliament blogs that he thinks that it has been a good year for Parliament.   One can see his argument.  The chairs and members of select committees in the Commons are now elected, the committees have continued to be productive, and two have recently gained a high public profile because of the ‘phone-hacking…

Continuing trouble in the Lords

Lord Soley

Talking to members on all sides I am clear that negotiation on this Bill could provide a solution. I could make a ‘blame list’ but it won’t get anyone any further so let me just talk about the type of movement that needs to take place. The important one for me is that we have…

School pupils to debate the Lords

Lord Norton

Yesterday (Friday) the House met and debated reform of the House.  Next Friday, the chamber will also be used to debate the same subject – but this time the debaters will not be peers but pupils from a number of state schools.  There will be teams from four schools, each advancing the case for one of the…

Peers' progress

Lord Norton

For those wishing to see the programme broadcast on BBC Parliament to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Life Peerages Act, you can find it at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00fzc1j/Peers_Progress/ You will see some familiar faces from this blog, including Baroness d’Souza, Lord Tyler and myself.   I hasten to add that none of us was in the Lords fifty…

Programmes on the Life Peerages Act

Lord Norton

This Sunday (30 November) BBC Parliament will be showing an evening of programmes to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Life Peerages Act.  It will include a feature on one of the first women peers, Baroness Wootton of Abinger. The 1958 Act has been the basis for the transformation of the second…