Okay, it is only to visit. Yesterday, was another full day. In the morning, I was giving a talk to parliamentarians from different countries about the efficacy of parliaments in scrutinising legislation. Between 1.00 and 2.30 p.m. I had to rush to fulfil four separate engagements, albeit two of them constituting essentially courtesy calls. At 2.30 p.m., I attended the first meeting of the Joint Committee on the Draft Voter Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill. It is a twelve-member committee – six members from each House. We discussed our programme as well as agreeing a call for evidence. In addition to possible oral evidence, we agreed that it would be appropriate to visit a prison to take evidence. Whereas other select committees go on visits to exotic foreign climes (not that I ever allowed that when I chaired the Constitution Committee, unless you regard Brussels as exotic) our only trip looks like being to one of HM Prisons.
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