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.

Polish A-level secured

On January 18, Alistair Lexden asked the government whether it intended to ensure that Polish would continue to be available as an A-level subject.

A question of terminology

On April 21 the Committee stage of the Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan Bill) took place in the Lords. Alistair Lexden supported an amendment designed to bring greater pressure to bear on paramilitary organisations which are still doing grave damage in Northern Ireland.

Greater political stability in Northern Ireland

On 12 April the Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill had its Second Reading in the Lords. The Bill contains important provisions to improve both security and the system of devolved government in the Province.

Bishop George Bell - Justice denied

At the end of January (see below) Alistair Lexden raised the serious case of Bishop George Bell in the Lords. One of the most distinguished and admired bishops in the history of the Anglican Church, Bell , who died 58 years ago...

Somme Commentary

This year marks the centenary of the Battle of Somme in which so many soldiers died or sustained grave injuries. The Battle began on 1 July 1916 and finally came to an inglorious end on November 18 that year.

The Lords abandons vellum

Controversy arose recently when the House of Lords announced that the centuries-old practice of printing Acts of Parliament on vellum would cease.