The day started with a meeting of the Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber (we oppose an elected House but favour reform within the House in order to strengthen it); there is a good turnout of peers and MPs.
I head straight from the meeting to Broadway House in Tothill Street where I am speaking to a seminar, comprising staff from overseas parliaments, on comparing legislatures and establishing the means for assessing their efficacy. I am just concluding answering questions when I get a text message saying there is a division. I dash back to the House, but just miss it. Memo to self: at my age, don’t run.
I have a lunchtime meeting of the Lord Speaker’s Advisory Group on Outreach. We meet with the Director-General of the BBC, Mark Thompson. This is the last meeting of the group to be chaired by Baroness Hayman as Lord Speaker.
I am in the chamber for some of the debate on amendments to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill. As I remain in the precincts for the rest of the day, I am able to vote in the remaining three divisions.
I have a meeting wearing my hat as editor of The Journal of Legislative Studies. My editorial assistant and I meet with the publishers. The journal is in a very healthy state. I go from this to my evening engagement: the summer dinner of the Study of Parliament Group, held in the Speaker’s State Apartments. (The dinner is in the room where I delivered the Speaker’s Lecture on Enoch Powell.) The guest speaker is the President of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers. At dinner, I am seated next to the Clerk of the Parliaments, David Beamish. We have plenty to chat about.