I celebrated my birthday on Tuesday and did so in style. Well, in my style. I spent the morning giving evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee as part of their inquiry into the future of the civil service. You can see the session here (and my written evidence at the end of the written submissions here). I had a lunchtime meeting to discuss the working practices of the House, followed in the afternoon by the weekly meeting of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee. Early in the evening, I chaired a meeting of the Parliamentary University Group on the subject of ‘The student experience: are students getting value for money?’ We had four speakers and after the one-and-a-half hour discussion session, I presided over the dinner that follows. These are working dinners, with a continuation of the discussion. I can at least claim, though, that I celebrated my birthday with a splendid dinner, surrounded by parliamentarians and Vice-Chancellors.