Under legislation passed last year—but yet to be implemented—male primogeniture has been abolished as regards succession to the Crown.
A strong line-up of speakers supported Alistair Lexden’s renewed call for action in a speech on February 25 when he brought the issue back to the Lords, re-tabling the amendment to the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill which he originally moved on February 3
This successful comprehensive with high academic standards reflects the diverse ethnic and cultural character of its local community.
The report by the Lords Committee on the Constitution, published on February 12 and based on a detailed, wide-ranging inquiry, discusses the constitutional implications of coalition government.
A short constitutional affairs debate took place in the Lords Grand Committee on February 6. Alistair Lexden referred to incomplete information provided by the Treasury on the historical background to some of the matters that were discussed.
On February 3 the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill was scrutinised in detail during its Lords Committee stage. Alistair Lexden moved a probing amendment to draw attention to the serious state of affairs which now exists because the Northern Ireland Executive has failed to implement the Defamation Act 2013.
A Partnerships Forum, supported by the Department for Education, was established in 2002 to help stimulate joint activity. The Forum held a major conference in London on January 20 at which teachers and students spoke inspiringly about their achievements. Lord Lexden closed the conference.
Many more less well-off families could secure places in independent schools if the money which provides places for them in the maintained sector could be used outside it. There is widespread support within the independent sector for an open access scheme, as Alistair Lexden pointed out in an exchange on the subject at question time in the Lords.
In a speech in the Lords on December 18, he said that their bravery and sacrifices must be fully recognised in the forthcoming commemorations of the centenary of the war.
He did so in the course of exchanges in the Lords on December 11 prompted by his oral question on the improved arrangements that are being made for the official Royal Residence in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle. He drew particular attention to the success of cross-community work by the Prince of Wales’s many charitable organisations.