Speeches

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.

Milk in schools

At question time in the Lords on February 11, Alistair Lexden suggested that “perhaps the time has come to consider reintroducing compulsory milk in our schools” in response to the widespread concern about the state of some children’s health.

In Defence of a Great Bishop

George Bell (1883-1958), Bishop of Chichester, was one of the most important and influential figures in the Anglican Church in the 20th century. He repeatedly condemned Nazi oppression of Christians in Germany before the Second World War...

Britain and Poland

Members of the House of Lords reflected on our country’s close relations with Poland, particularly during the Second World War, in the course of oral questions on January 18.

Review of Important Lords' Powers

The House of Lords examines very large numbers of statutory instruments (known collectively as secondary legislation) which follow the passage of Acts of Parliament (primary legislation) and set out the detailed legal changes that the Acts have authorised.