Tag Archives: Public Bodies Bill

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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Busy week

It has been another of those weeks.  On Monday, it was a case of teaching and then travelling to Westminster later in the day.  I had a meeting with Zoltan Kovacs, the Hungarian Minister of State for Government Communication, who … Continue reading

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Schedule 7 goes

As regular readers will know, I have been campaigning against Schedule 7 of the Public Bodies Bill.  This is a ‘Henry VIII’ provision, enabling ministers to change primary legislation by orders (that is, secondary legislation).   Some schedules of the Bill … Continue reading

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Another long day

Yesterday was another long day.  Here are a few super-tweets: Breakfast meeting with a graduate student. Constitution Committee: we take evidence from Lord Jay, chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.  He says they are considering being proactive in … Continue reading

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In danger of becoming a Guardian reader?

I occasionally get cited in the press, more often than not in The Times or The Daily Telegraph.  On odd occasions, I get a mention (not necessarily helpful, as the recent example of Quentin Letts shows) in other newspapers.  However, references to … Continue reading

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Keeping to time

There was a long speakers’ list on Tuesday for the Second Reading of the Public Bodies Bill.  Over 55 peers took part.  There is no time limit on Second Reading debates.   Each back-bench speech should not last more than 15 … Continue reading

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