The Conservative Party’s manifesto at the general election last year stated: “We will build on the posthumous pardon of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, who committed suicide following his conviction for gross indecency, with a broader measure to lift the blight of outdated convictions of this nat
It is now over eighteen years since the signing of the historic Good Friday Agreement which made possible a new era in democratic politics in Northern Ireland following the IRA’s formal abandonment of violence. But the peace is incomplete.
In a Lords debate on 30 June (see below), Alistair Lexden called for the introduction of measures to protect people suspected of sex abuse from harassment by the media and misconduct by the police which do grave damage to their reputations while they are under investigation without any charges having been laid against them.
In a short debate in the Lords on September 5, Alistair Lexden backed the call made by his long-standing friend, Lord Black of Brentwood, who instigated the debate, for a Government strategy to eliminate HIV infection in the United Kingdom by 2030.
The government will shortly introduce a pubs code which will clarify the obligations of pub-owners towards their tied tenants. Close scrutiny of the proposed code by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments revealed some minor flaws in it.
Earlier this year a Committee of the House of Lords decided - controversially - to end the centuries-old practice of printing Acts of Parliament on vellum. In April the House of Commons voted in favour of retaining vellum, and received an offer of financial help from the government.
Government documents now become available to historians and others for research purposes after twenty years rather than thirty which was the case until 2013. A 20-year rule has replaced the original 30-year rule introduced in the 1970s.
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