Monthly Archives: January 2014
My Speaker’s Lecture on 21 January addressed the relationship of Parliament and political parties. My argument was that parties need Parliament and Parliament needs parties. Parties are necessary, but not sufficient, for Parliament to fulfil its key functions. I addressed the … Continue reading
Procedures in the Lords often differ from those in the Commons. On legislation, for example, we do not employ guillotine or timetabling motions, all amendments tabled are put before the House, and amendments can be taken on Third Reading. None … Continue reading
Last year, the Government published a Draft Deregulation Bill to get rid of some legislation that was no longer necessary. The Bill was sent to a Joint Committee for pre-legislative scrutiny. Although committees often have little time to complete their … Continue reading
My Speaker’s Lecture on ‘Parliament and Political Parties’, delivered on Tuesday, was broadcast this evening on BBC Parliament. It can be viewed on BBC Democracy Live here.