Thursday, 13 March 2008

Lords and LCOs

It wasn't just the panacotta and rhubarb ice cream that made history in the House of Lords last night.

Their lordships also devoted 54 minutes to their first debate on a Legislative Competence Order, or LCO as they're referred to in casual conversation among the chattering classes.

The National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Education and Training) Order 2008 cleared the Lords after a well-mannered debate. You can read it here.

The LCO now goes to the Commons next Tuesday, its final hurdle during its parliamentary passage.

AMs in Cardiff will then be able to start legislating in the area of additional learning needs. Stand by for the word "historic" to feature almost as often as "stability" in an Alistair Darling Budget.

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