Tag Archives: House of Lords

Twenty years a peer…

I have previously posted about being approached to accept a peerage, as well as doing a post on selecting my title.  The peerage itself took effect on ‘the forenoon of the first day in August’ 1998.  I was introduced into … Continue reading

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Higher education as an export

I recently initiated a debate in the Lords on the value to the United Kingdom of higher education as an export.  This refers to transactions between UK residents and non-residents and encompasses income from overseas students in the UK as … Continue reading

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Responses to select committee reports

As regular readers will know, the House of Lords recently agreed a proposal that I put to the Leader of the House, namely that Government Departments that failed to publish their responses to Select Committee reports within two months of … Continue reading

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The EU (Withdrawal) Bill – not our finest hour

The House of Lords has completed Report stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.  We have Third Reading next week. The House has not exactly wrapped itself in glory in dealing with the Bill, at least in the chamber.  In my speech … Continue reading

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The value of the House of Lords

Every so often, one sees in the press or on Twitter someone claiming that the House of Lords does not represent value for money.  This will often derive from the figures published for the annual cost of the House or  … Continue reading

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Law, conventions and practices

I have just received my copy of the second edition of Parliament and the Law, edited by Alexander Horne and Gavin Drewry.  I have contributed a chapter, with Lucinda Maer, on ‘Relationship between the two Houses’.  That relationship is shaped … Continue reading

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The value of committees in the Lords

The House of Lords, like the House of Commons, has become a more specialised body, working through investigative committees.  Its sessional committees, re-appointed each session, have grown in number over the past twenty years – most recently with the creation … Continue reading

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