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 of running in order to stand still. I agreed to do this week’s ‘Lord’s Diary’ for The House Magazine. It reads like little more than a series of diary entries. Here’s a potted version of the week, not including the time spent in the chamber or Grand Committee:
Monday: teaching – seminars and lecture – until early afternoon; to London for the Joint Committee (until 8.00 p.m.) on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill
Tuesday: Meeting with members of Civil Service Learning – which will replace the National School of Government -to discuss what senior civil servants need to know about Parliament; meeting of the Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber; meeting with Lord Speaker and officials to discuss parliamentary outreach programme; Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee; Speaker’s 1911 Centenary Lecture -this one on Roy Jenkins by Lord Adonis
Wednesday: Constitution Committee – we take evidence on judicial appointments; executive committee of the Association of Conservative Peers; meeting of the Association; weekly seminar with my students; late train – to Hull by 1.00 a.m.
Thursday: teaching all day
Friday: teaching; leave for London in the evening
Saturday: conference on Ritual and Gender in Parliaments; I serve on the final panel.
Sunday: return to Hull. Train journey – as with all recent journeys – used to get on with research for my History of Parliament lecture on the Parliament Act 1911. Still putting finishing touches to it.
Normal service – including responding to comments on previous posts – will be resumed shortly….