Up early to catch the 7.00 a.m. Hull Executive to London. As soon as I arrive at the House, straight to the Constitution Committee.
We take some useful evidence, not least from Professor Vernon Bogdanor, who identifies various reasons why fixed-term Parliaments may not be such a good idea.
Immediately after lunch, off to Downing Street for a reception at No. 10.
Chatting to some peers when I hear someone come up from behind to chat. It’s the PM.
Straight from reception to the House to take part in a debate on the Browne review on the funding of higher education and student finance.
I speak shortly before 6.00. No sooner have I risen than Lord St John of Fawsley rises to comment on the speech before mine. As soon as he has concluded, he leaves the chamber!
I welcome much of the Browne report, but raise some concerns. I also put three questions to the minister. She responds without actually adding to what is already known.
Debate finishes at 10.20 p.m. and House rises. I get a taxi: the driver says he thought the House of Lords was on a floor above the Commons.
Oral questions. I come in on a question about pre-legislative scrutiny. The Leader of the House appears to be answering another question in responding.
Day spent seeing students and catching up on paperwork.
See one of the clerks to discuss position in respect of the power of the House to expel a member. I plan to introduce a Private Member’s Bill to give the House the power.
Right, back to Hull…