* Attending the Speaker’s Lecture on Monday, when John Redwood MP spoke on ‘Parliament and economic policy’, arguing that Parliament was more effective in calling government to account when there is disagreement than when there is consensus.
* Chairing the Parliamentary University Group ‘Frontiers of Knowledge’ lecture on Tuesday, in the River Room of the House of Lords, at which Professor Rana Mitter, of Oxford University, spoke on the history of China’s relationship with Japan. It was a fascinating lecture, well attended, not least by peers.
* Speaking on Wednesday to students from the University of Ulster on the role of the House of Lords and lecturing on Thursday morning to students at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire on the role of the House of Commons.
* Speaking in a debate in the House on Thursday afternoon on the report of the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege. You can read the speech here. I welcomed the report, but argued against those recommendations that in my view were not necessary to protect either House in fulfilling its essential functions.
* Chairing a Parliamentary Studies lecture this lunchtime, in which Sarah Petit (Clerk of the Public Accounts Committee) spoke on ‘Parliament and Scrutiny’, and hosting a reception this afternoon to mark 25 years of the Hull parliamentary placement scheme. The reception was well attended by current students as well as an array of graduates. When students begin the four-year British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) degree, I always tell them that the four years will fly by, each year going quicker than the one before. The same applies to the 25 years of the scheme – it doesn’t seem like a quarter of a century since I organised the first placements. Then I organised placements for three students. I am in the process of arranging placements this September for thirty.