Tag Archive for House of Commons

How times change

Lord Norton

A former MP who I know, and who served in the Commons for more than thirty years, has just written to me.  He saw my letter in The Times last week and was writing to support what I said.   He also used the opportunity for some recollections. He recalled that when he became an MP almost fifty…

A note on the Speakership

Lord Norton

The Commons will elect a new Speaker on 22 June.  The circumstances of the departure of the current Speaker are unprecedented in recent history.  The method of selecting his successor will also create history: for the first time, MPs will vote by secret ballot. The choice of the Speaker is a matter for the Commons. …

A plague on both your houses

Lord Norton

Clearly, the issue of expenses is one that is attracting widespread media attention and is having some remarkable resonance with the public.  This is not one of those issues that is confined to the Westminster world. The focus is primarily on the Commons in respect of expenses, though not exclusively so.  There is clearly a case…

Not enough legislation?

Lord Norton

Frank Field MP has been complaining that MPs are left with little to do, as the Government has no legislative programme of any note.  He may possibly change his mind when the juggernauts of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill – which had its eleventh, and final, day in committee in the Lords yesterday –…

Publicising the House

Lord Norton

The Information Office of the House of Lords produces some excellent material.   Given the demands made on it to respond to queries, finding the time to be proactive and publish some invaluable publications is quite a challenge.  It produces obvious value for money.  This is reflected in the answer I have just received about the number…