Busy day…

Lord NortonIt has been a fairly hectic day.  The morning was devoted to committee work.  At 9.30 I had a meeting of the Joint Committee on the Voter Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill – we took evidence from former Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern.  I had to leave at 10.30 in order to give evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee.  I was appearing with Lord Donoughue to address the constitutional implications of coalition government.  We had an interesting session, focusing on what changes had taken place to constitutional conventions and practices and what, if anything, should be done for the future. 

Early afternoon was taken up with party responsibilities – the executive committee of the Association of Conservative Peers (ACP) followed by a meeting of the ACP addressed by Sir Malcolm Rifkind.  Late afternoon was occupied with the launch of the report of the Higher Education Commission on regulation in higher education.  I co-chair the Commission and co-chaired the inquiry.  The report was covered yesterday in an article in the Guardian and today by a piece on BBC News Online.  Held in the Churchill Room of the Commons, there was a large audience.  Roger King, my co-chair, and I introduced the report and the Universities Minister, David Willetts, spoke and offered a constructive response, saying that he found the core argument of the report persuasive.  We are keen to get all three parties to commit to an HE Bill in their election manifestos.

The launch ran until 6.00 p.m.  The next order of business was chairing the first seminar of the semester with my students in Westminster.  It was then a case of catching up on paperwork.  Regular readers (and followers on Twitter) will not be surprised to know that it was back to the normal practice of not managing to get away before ten o’clock…

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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One Response to Busy day…

  1. Croft says:

    ” report of the Higher Education Commission on regulation in higher education.”

    Hmm and I see the various bodies to be merged are already defending their fiefdoms. Half the problem in the quangocracy is that too many bodies with overlapping responsibilities or interests are run apart with all the inherent bureaucracy and lack of clarity that entails.

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