Since the summer recess, most of my work has been committee based. On Mondays, I have the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill – we tend to have marathon three-hour sessions; on Tuesdays, the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee; and on Wednesdays, the Constitution Committee. As regular readers will know, we are in the middle of an inquiry into the process of judicial appointments.
Though I have a perfect or near-perfect attendance record – I missed one meeting of the Constitution Committee because of my trip to speak at the conference in Bern – none of this is recorded on the website. Because of the timing of meetings of the Joint Committee, I had to rearrange my teaching schedule which has meant I am in Hull on Thursdays, meaning I am not able to speak in general debates that day (and indeed not able to follow my normal practice of seeking to initiate a debate). I will be speaking early next month in a debate on the Constitution Committee’s report on the process of constitutional change. That debate, though, will be taking place in Grand Committee – which also doesn’t get recorded on the website!