Tag Archive for Parliament

Constitutional reform is not the answer

Lord Norton

A number of politicians have rushed in to argue that constitutional reform – be it proportional representation or an elected second chamber – is the answer to the current crisis.  The logic of their argument is far from clear.  The crisis is one of confidence in our political class, not in our basic constitutional framework. …

Pay, Expenses and Self Regulation

Lord Soley

The announcement of an end to the self regulating gentleman’s club that has characterised Parliament was welcome news to my ears! I have been arguing for an independent body to set pay and expenses for MP’s and Pees for some years and we have taken a significant step towards that. I have a history on…

Guest blog: People and Parliament

Guest Contributor

When does a Blogger, talking about himself, turn into an Inquisitor asking lots of questions?  That is what I want to become. The Lords Information Committee, of which I am the proud chairman, is starting an inquiry this week in which we want to find out your thoughts about Parliament in general and the House…

Westminster mail

Lord Norton

At the beginning of each year, I table a Question asking how many items of mail were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous year and what proportion is received in the House of Lords. I have just had the answer to my Question for 2008.  Last year, 4,135,144 items of post were…

The work goes on

Lord Norton

The focus of the activity in both Houses is the chamber.  If the Houses are not sitting, or even if they are but the chambers are not full, there appears to be an assumption that members are not doing much. When the House is sitting, a great deal of work is taking place away from the chamber. …