The Lords all-party Select Committee on the Constitution is beginning an inquiry into the relations between the devolved administrations and Westminster.
At the penultimate Lords oral question time before Christmas on December 16, he looked back wistfully at the long period when English dogs had to have a licence.
Alistair Lexden has been a member of the Lords all-party Select Committee on the Constitution since 2012. The Committee began a detailed inquiry into the office of Lord Chancellor in July; its conclusions were set out in a 51-page report which was published on December 11.
On December 11 the Lords held a debate on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Having spoken a few days earlier on tuberculosis, Alistair Lexden concentrated on HIV/ AIDS. Two-thirds of all adults and three-quarters of all children with HIV in the world today are not receiving the treatment they need.
AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis are the three great killer diseases in the world today. Government spending is vital in the search for new drugs that will combat these scourges of mankind effectively. That was the principal theme of the speech which Alistair Lexden contributed to a short debate on global health held in the Lords’ Grand Committee Room on December 8.
In his Autumn Statement on December 3, the Chancellor announced that the government intended to devolve corporation tax rates to the Northern Ireland Executive at Stormont.
A hard-fought election campaign lies ahead next year. All the political parties need to commit themselves clearly to the highest standards in all aspects of their activities.
Latin is now being taught in more state schools than independents. Alistair Lexden drew attention to this significant development during question time in the Lords on November 27.
Lord Lexden has taken part in a Lords debate on the centenary of the First World War. The debate, which dealt specifically with the contributions made to the war by poets, artists and musicians, took place in the Grand Committee Room of the Lords on November 26.
British citizens who have been living abroad for less than fifteen years are eligible to vote in parliamentary elections. The Conservative Party has pledged to remove the fifteen-year limit, a reform for which Alistair Lexden called last year in the Lords.