Sunday already?

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….


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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5 Responses to Sunday already?

  1. When on earth do you get to take a breath…

  2. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Lord Norton,
    Why do I feel that the Saturday events were so much less than I might hope for in a correspondent at Lords. I sense a great dearth of intosicants, maypoles, pan flutes, duels, jousts with favours from ladies and the like even before one gets to anything really worth reporting….

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