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 to Bern this week, this time to address a conference on capacity building in parliaments. One benefit of having been before is that I am fairly familiar with the journey – perhaps needless to say, I am going by train. One of the advantages of travelling this way is that it gives me plenty of uninterrupted time to get on with reading and paperwork. I want to get on with my research on the passage of the Parliament Act 1911 for my History of Parliament lecture. I already have the lecture drafted, but I want to ensure that it is a fully researched as possible.