On January 22, the Lords questioned a Lib Dem Scottish Minister, Lord Wallace of Tankerness, after he had made a statement about the government’s latest devolution proposals for Scotland.
On January 16 he went to the Hanbury Manor Hotel outside Ware in Hertfordshire to speak to a large group of new heads at a conference organised by the Independent Schools Association (ISA), of which he is President.
Reginald Bevins, the Liverpool working-class Tory who had responsibility for licensing the BBC, did indeed propose to take action against the programme (letter, Jan.13). He immediately received a sharp note from Harold Macmillan, “Oh, no, you won’t”.
Select Committees, which have an all-party membership, produce detailed reports on a wide range of subjects. They do not always get the full and reasonably prompt attention from the government that they deserve.
This milestone in his career as a contributor to the newspaper's famous letters page was passed on January 5 with the publication of a letter about an extraordinary Victorian missionary, Dr Joseph Wolff. The full text of the letter, which appeared in slightly abbreviated form, is attached.
Six well-known women writers who studied at Newnham College, Cambridge have combined to produce an outstanding collection of miniature biographies of six remarkable pioneering women who studied at the college in its early years. In the attached review, Alistair Lexden explains why he enjoyed the book so much.
How is legislation that applies to England alone to be dealt with by Parliament? The government recently published a White Paper which sets out a number of options for discussion.
The news on December 19 that the Home Secretary’s two special advisers had been removed from the Conservative Party’s official candidates’ list stirred a great deal of comment in the media. In a letter to The Times, Alistair Lexden enlarged the discussion by pointing out the need to evaluate the work that special advisers do.
After his return to Downing Street in 1951, Churchill had a pet budgie, called Toby, who was thoroughly spoilt by his master. Alistair Lexden provided a little light holiday entertainment for readers of The Daily Telegraph by devoting his twelfth and final letter of 2014 in that paper, published on December 20, to the havoc which Toby created in Churchill’s bedroom.
The Lords all-party Select Committee on the Constitution is beginning an inquiry into the relations between the devolved administrations and Westminster.