Tag Archive for Constitution Committee

Working behind the scenes

Lord Norton

Baroness Murphy mentions that there were behind the scenes discussions concerning the Henry VIII powers embodied in the Banking Bill.  I can confirm that there were, as I was involved in them.  The Constitution Committee published a report drawing attention to the Henry VIII powers embodied in the Bill.  Though recognising there were occasions when…

Just like old times…

Lord Norton

When I first entered the House, it was not unusual for the House to sit late to get through particular pieces of legislation.  On occasion I spoke on, or moved, amendments around midnight or even well after.   Now the practice is to try to rise by 10.00 p.m.  If legislation is being considered, the House will rise…

Experience and expertise

Lord Norton

A week last Friday, I spoke at two schools, the John Cleveland College in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and Queen Margaret’s School, York.  I was initially invited to talk about constitutional change but each opted for a more specific talk on the role of the Lords.  Last Friday, I also spoke on Lords reform at a sixth-form conference in…

Cold comfort

Lord Norton

The Palace of Westminster is a magnificent, indeed awe-inspiring, building.  I admire it every time I walk in.  However, it is beginning to show its age.  Many of the internal systems – water, gas, heating, ventilation, electrics, drainage and communication – have exceeded their economic service life and major modernisation is required.  As the Chairman…

The impact of the House

Lord Norton

I see that in response to Lord Taylor’s recent post, Alex has commented: “there is no point to the house of lords – they are unelected and just use up our taxes. their only power is to delay bills by one year”. That completely misunderstands the House of Lords.  The cost to the public purse…