Tag Archive for Legislation

Wot? No legislation

Lord Norton

Today is the first day of the committee stage of the Academies Bill.  The only other Government Bill starting in the Lords is the Local Government Bill.  As a result, time is being utilised to debate select committee reports and motions by back-benchers.  Some members look forward to more legislation coming forward in order to ensure it is effectively…

Influence and an absence of ping pong

Lord Norton

Parliament was prorogued at 4.30 p.m. today.  It was a quiet end end to a tumultuous session.  There was no last minute ‘ping pong’ between the chambers.  The absence of such ‘ping pong’ reflected the influence rather than the weakness of the Lords.  On recent measures – some of the big Bills going through the…

Making legislation accessible

Lord Norton

David Cameron has produced a substantial reform agenda for Parliament.  It appeared in The Guardian this morning and was delivered in a speech today at the Open University. His recommendations cover three basic relationships: those of Government to Parliament, Parliament to the people, and the centre to the locality.  There is a lot in his speech,…

Easter recess

Lord Norton

Both Houses have risen for the Easter recess.  They return on 20 April.  When we return, we have various pieces of legislation to get through.  Two big Government Bills have made slow progress.  The Marine and Coastal Access Bill has still not completed its committee stage – its next day in committee is on 21…

Improving the law-making process

Lord Norton

One of the other meetings I attended this past week was a Hansard Society seminar.  It was the first in a series on ‘Making Better Law’.  I gave a paper that examined some of the problems at the heart of the current law-making process. I identified various problems.  One is the sheer volume of legislation. …