Tag Archive for Constitutional change

The process of constitutional change

Lord Norton

When the Constitution Committee of the House of Lords was created in 2001 – I was the first chairman – one of the the first reports we did was on the process of constitutional change. The Committee returned to the subject this year and has just published The Process of Constitutional Change, noting in effect that the situation…

Myth making

Lord Norton

The extended debate on, and attempts to delay, the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill have derived from some misunderstandings.  One, variously expressed over the past few weeks, is that peers have to utilise the power of delay because the coalition now enjoys an effective majority in the House.  However, it doesn’t.  Up to the Christmas…

Constitutional change

Lord Norton

I realise that in my earlier post on last week’s debate on the constitution, home affairs and legal issues, I omitted to provide a link to my speech, which dealt with the Government’s approach (or rather lack of one) to constitutional change.  Anyone wishing to do so can read it here (at columns 315-17). I would like to say…

Consequences of the new supreme court

Lord Norton

Last week, we completed five days of debate on the Queen’s Speech.  Each day was devoted to a number of topics.  On Tuesday, we debated home affairs, legal affairs and constitutional issues.  By the nature of the topics, speeches in such debates can vary greatly in terms of focus.  This was certainly true of Tuesday’s…