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Lord Knight visits St Swithun's School

Published Wednesday 26th of January 2011 04:48:51 PM

St Swithun's School, Winchester, hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Tuesday 25th January. Lord Knight of Weymouth, the opposition spokesperson for Work and Pensions, met with Sixth Form General Studies students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. Lord Knight also outlined how the House scrutinises proposed legislation and makes amendments for the House of Commons to consider, its Select Committee work on issues of concern and the daily topical questions. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.

Sandra Hayward teacher of General Studies at St Swithun's School said, 'This was a marvellous opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system very well, with experience in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords'.

The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker's 'Peers in Schools' programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 15,000 young people. This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum. For further information, see the Lord Speaker's web page at www.parliament.uk/lordspeaker.

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