This past year, my work in the Lords has been very much focused on committees. The Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Bill has been especially time consuming. I had to re-organise my academic schedule to accommodate it and the committee has been especially active in recent weeks, meeting twice a week. I have had the weekly meetings of the Constitution Committee. In addition to our inquiry into judicial appointments – our report was published yesterday – we have been active in scrutinising and reporting on Bills, not least most recently the Health and Social Care Bill and the Scotland Bill. I have also had the weekly meeting of the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee. The meetings are not usually extensive but the paperwork most certainly is.
This will all change in the new session. We had the last meeting of the Joint Committee on Monday. (Our report will be published on 23 April.) I am also about to finish my service on the Constitution Committee. There is just one more meeting of the committee before the session ends. This will mean my parliamentary week will be very different when we return for the new session on 9 May. I shall have more time to devote to the chamber. It is quite possible that there may be legislation that requires attention. We shall see.