Tag Archive for Committees

Podcast: Beyond the Chamber

Lord Norton

Parliament has started producing podcasts as part of its programme of utilising new media to explain what it does.  It has produced one on how MPs and peers go about their work away from their respective chambers.   Though the media focus is on the chamber, most time of parliamentarians is taken up with committees, correspondence, meeting with…

In Defence of Expertise

Lord Norton

 Lord Tyler’s post touches upon a question variously raised in class discussions on the Lords: why do members need to have expertise in a particular field when you can call experts to give evidence?  There are several fairly straightforward reasons.  They apply with particular force to committee work but are relevant also to debate in the chamber.…

Committee day…

Lord Norton

I have been appointed to serve on the Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill.  (Lord Tyler is aonther member.)  The Committee has to examine the draft Bill and report by mid-July.  The Bill contains several provisions, covering the Civil Service, the role of the Attorney General, ratification of treaties, appointment of judges, and…

Committee work

Lord Norton

Much of the work of the House now takes place away from the chamber.  The past thirty years have seen a significant growth in the number of select committees.  The increase in the active membership of the House, with many of these members having expertise or experience in particular areas, has enabled the House to…

The parliamentary package

Lord Norton

The work of the House of Lords should not be confused with sittings of the House. A great deal of work takes place in committees – indeed, committee work can be much more time consuming that participating in debates in the chamber – and in peers’ offices. Committee work entails not only attending meetings but…