Monthly Archives: January 2013

Protecting personal data

In her comment on the preceding post, ladytizzy comments on the poor response of the Government to amendments to the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill dealing with overseas voters.  I was one of those supporting the amendments and was not … Continue reading

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Welcome to readers overseas

The WordPress stats provide details not only of the number of visitors to this site, but also the country in which they are located.   Though most readers are based in the UK, the site is viewed daily by visitors from … Continue reading

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Mail in the Palace

At the beginning of each year, I put down a Question asking how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous year.   I have received the answer for 2012.  A total of 2,544,019 items were received.  … Continue reading

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Should I be worried?

At  a recent meeting of the Constitution Committee in the House of Lords, when the Deputy Prime Minister appeared before the Committee, the following exchange took place: ‘Lord Lang of Monckton: Deputy Prime Minister, there is a substantially supported all-party … Continue reading

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The cost of the House of Lords

An answer to a written question appearing in today’s Lords Hansard gives the figures (for 2011-12) for the cost per member of the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the European Parliament. Expenditure (£m) per member was: House of Commons     … Continue reading

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Making e-petitions truly parliamentary

I spent the weekend in Oxford at the Study of Parliament Group annual conference – my 36th year of consecutive attendance.  One of the issues discussed was e-petitions.  The point I have previously made came up, namely that the process … Continue reading

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And the winner is

Happy New Year to readers.  I thought I would get the year off to a flying start by announcing the winner of the Christmas caption competition.   It was a difficult choice.  The entries were strong in number and quality, with … Continue reading

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