To celebrate Parliament Week Lord Young of Cookham gave a short talk to members of Elizabeth House, highlighting the cultural differences between the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Speaking from experience (he has been a member of both houses), he explained that as a revising chamber the Lords has more time to scrutinise government bills.
Their lordships are specialists, with outside interests. They were generally better behaved and more attentive than the counterparts in the elected chamber and under no pressure from constituents. Ministers in the House of Lords need to be well briefed to respond to questions – not least because each one covers several government departments.
After questions from members of Elizabeth House, chairman of trustees Chris Harris thanked Lord Young for his fascinating insights.