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.
On 20 November he spoke at a meeting of the British-German Association, concluding his series of three addresses on the crisis in British politics created by the accession of George, Elector of Hanover to the throne as King George I in 1714.
Having spoken on a number of occasions about the issue—vital for the future of our democracy— Lord Lexden returned to it once more during the report stage of the Government’s Wales Bill in the Lords on November 11.
In debates in the Lords, Alistair Lexden has consistently pressed for libel law reform in Northern Ireland to bring the Province back into line with England and Wales whose law it shared until 2013. The whole process of reform is now under severe threat. The reasons were set out in the attached letter, published in The Times on November 11, which was also signed by two leading QCs.
Should builders providing homes for disabled people have to meet stringent, uniform requirements in all circumstances? The issue came before the Lords on October 30 during the committee stage of the government’s Deregulation Bill.
Devolution is now the most important question in British politics. On its resolution hangs the future unity of our country. During a full debate on the subject in the Lords on 29 October, Alistair Lexden went back to the years before the First World War when Home Rule for Ireland dominated British politics.
The Tamworth based Peel Society recently launched their new publication Peel in Caricature in the House of Lords.
Severe difficulties have recently arisen in the devolved government in Northern Ireland. Alistair Lexden welcomed the cross-party discussions that Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, began on 16th October in the hope of securing a resolution of the problems. ‘ We are all surely united in wishing the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland every success in her endeavours’, he said in a debate on Northern Ireland in the Lords on October 22.