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Dear Diary…

Lord Norton

Various people who have commented on our posts have asked for a diary piece or some indication of what we do. Here’s my diary for yesterday and today. Wednesday. Tube to Golders Green for a 9.00 a.m. talk to talk to Y11 students at King Alfred School on the role of the House of Lords.…

Who's who in the Lords

Lord Norton

 In response to a post by Baroness d’Souza, Bedd Gelert makes the valid point that it is difficult to know who members are.  Hence, there is a problem in seeking to communicate with them.  As he mentions, there is now http://www.theyworkforyou.com which provides information on the activity of individual parliamentarians.  It is a valuable site,…

EU (Amendment) Bill

Lord Norton

 The number of peers signed up to speak in Tuesday’s Second Reading debate on the European Union (Amendment) Bill has fluctuated over recent days between 70 and 80 but now stands at 75.   The Bill itself is a short eight-clause Bill, primarily (through Clause 2) incorporating the Treaty of Lisbon into the list of treaties contained in the European…

Debates

Lord Norton

 Some forthcoming debates worthy of note: Next Tuesday (1 April), the House will be debating the second reading – the debate on principle – of the European Union (Amendment) Bill to give effect to the Lisbon Treaty.  So far, there are 71 peers signed up to speak.  Unusually, in order to accommodate that number of speakers, the House will…

A self-regulating House

Lord Norton

 I will be speaking in a debate in Grand Committee in the Lords later today.  How do I know I will be speaking?  Don’t I have to catch the eye of the Speaker or whoever is presiding, as in the Commons?  The answer is no.  Unlike the Commons, the Lords is a self-regulating chamber.  The Lord…