Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sunday already?

It has been one of those weeks.  Last week, I got back from the conference in Switzerland in time for Friday’s debate on the Steel Bill which, as previously reported, cleared committee stage.  Since then, it has been a case … Continue reading

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Voting in both lobbies

There is a valuable analysis of Monday’s EU referendum vote in the House of Commons on the Ballots and Bullets website.  One interesting point is that two MPs abstained by voting in both lobbies.  This is a means of publicly demonstrating … Continue reading

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Making progress

The Steel Bill – the Private Member’s Bill introduced by Lord Steel – to achieve various changes to the House of Lords (for instance, getting rid of the hereditary peers’ by-election, allowing for the House to expel peers, removing members … Continue reading

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Who controls backbench time?

On the continuing theme of ownership of process, Barry Winetrobe has an interesting post on the Dale & Co blog as to who controls backbench time in the House of Commons.  The Backbench Business Committee may have selected for debate … Continue reading

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Talking of parliaments

I returned last night from Switzerland, having given the keynote speech at an international conference on capacity building in parliaments.  It was organised by the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments (ASGP) and Monash University and attracted a good number of … Continue reading

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A premature end

We had the second evidence-taking session of the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill this evening.  We had planned a relatively long session, but it did not quite go as intended.  We came to a premature end.  I … Continue reading

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Returning to Switzerland

Swiss Parliament As regular readers of Lords of the Blog will know, I was in Bern three years ago to take part in a conference to advise on the creation of a second chamber in the Iraq parliament.  I am returning … Continue reading

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