When the new Parliament begins, there will be major policies being advanced by Government. However, there is always the danger that the battle between the parties will define much of the debate. Issues that are important to particular sections or individuals in society, or solutions to some of the country’s problems, may be squeezed out in the process.
One advantage of the House of Lords is that it has mechanisms that allow members to raise issues outside the context of the normal party debate and, indeed, to engage in a degree of agenda setting. The mechanisms include Questions for Short Debate (QSDs), balloted debates, and Private Members’ Bills, as well as questions and correspondence with ministers. A particular advantage of a Private Member’s Bill in the Lords, unlike in the Commons, is that any member who introduces one at the beginning of a session will find that time is found to debate it.
Given that, I thought I would invite readers’ comments as to the issues that they believe are presently neglected – may never even have been considered before in Parliament – and which deserve an airing in an authoritative public forum. If you could introduce a change in the law, what would it be? Is there an issue that needs raising? If anyone presents a compelling case, with supporting evidence, I am not averse to pursuing it.