Members of the House of Lords visited 15 schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Friday 4 November as part of the first ever Parliament Week.
The visits were part of the Lords’ Peers in Schools programme, which exists to give schoolchildren a taste of working life in Westminster by meeting and talking to the Peers who make laws and hold the Government to account. There have been over 650 visits since the programme began in 2007, reaching well over 32,000 schoolchildren.
Baroness D’Souza made her first Peers in Schools visit since taking up the role of Lord Speaker, visiting Wallingford School in Oxfordshire.
Commenting ahead of the visits, Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker, said:
“It is fantastic that Members of the Lords will visit schools in every UK region in Parliament Week. I believe that we simply can’t do enough to get young people involved in the work we do which is, after all, about their future.
“I know that events in Westminster can seem very remote. Yet the House of Lords does vital work at the heart of the UK’s democracy and what we do affects every single one of us. And I think best possible way we can help people learn about what we do is to talk to them about it face-to-face.
“I hope that Peers in Schools will carry on playing its part in giving people an understanding and appreciation of our role in how this country is run.”
Participating Members of the Lords and schools
- Lord Rosser – Badminton School, Somerset
- Baroness Byford – Belvoir High School, Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire
- Baroness Jenkin of Kennington – Billericay School, Essex
- Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde – Blackburn College, Lancashire
- Lord McAvoy – Cathkin High School, Cambuslang, Glasgow
- Lord Sutherland of Houndwood – Fettes College, Edinburgh
- Baroness Garden of Frognal – The Hall School, London
- Baroness Butler-Sloss – King’s School, Ottery St Mary, Devon
- Baroness Young of Hornsey – Northumberland Park, London
- Lord German – Radyr Comprehensive, South Wales
- Baroness Hollins – Raynes Park High School, Merton, London
- Baroness Harris of Richmond – St Francis Xavier School, Richmond, North Yorkshire
- Baroness O’Loan – St Malachy’s College, Belfast
- Baroness D’Souza – Wallingford School, Oxfordshire
- Lord Inglewood – Appleby Grammar School, Cumbria
Peers in Schools sends Members of the House of Lords into schools and sixth-form colleges across the UK to talk to young people about the work and role of the House.
Parliament Week, which ended on Sunday 6 November, is a new national initiative launched that raises public awareness of Parliament and encourages people to engage with the UK's democratic systems and institutions.
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Image: Lord Haskel with students and teachers from Waldegrave School for Girls in Twickenham, on his Peers in School for Parliament Week 2011 visit, which took place on Wednesday 2 November. © Waldegrave School for Girls