More teacher training in the classroom

Under this government teachers are being trained increasingly in schools themselves, reducing the role of teacher training colleges. It is a thoroughly desirable trend.

Eliminating HIV in the UK

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.

Pubs Code

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.

A hallowed tradition

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.

Is the presumption of innocence in danger?

“Innocent until proved guilty”: this is one of the cornerstones of our legal system. In a speech in the Lords on June 30, Alistair Lexden suggested that this great principle might be in danger.

History's raw material

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.

Scrutiny in detail

Parliament passes into law several thousand measures, known as statutory instruments or Orders in Council, each year. Many of them deal with technical, often rather abstruse matters.

Millions unregistered to vote

Alistair Lexden asked the final oral question of the first Session of the current Parliament in the Lords on May 12 (a new Session, opened by the Queen, begins on May 18). His question drew attention to the estimated 7.5 million eligible voters missing from the electoral register.

Anthony Eden: A man of peace

Anthony Eden has not enjoyed a high reputation among the Prime Ministers of this country. On May 10 Alistair Lexden considered his career and achievements afresh in a lecture which he delivered at Speaker’s House, chaired by The Speaker.

Westminster and devolution

Discussions take place between the government and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland before legislation is introduced in Parliament that affects any of them. That is entirely right.