The Lord Speaker of the House of Lords has spoken to sixth form students during a recent visit to Upton-by-Chester High School.

The visit, by Baroness D’Souza, was arranged as part of an outreach programme to engage the public in the work of the Lords, including the Peers in Schools programme, specifically aimed at young people.

Baroness D’Souza explained to the students the work of the House of Lords and its contribution to Parliament.

She outlined some of her duties including presiding over business in the Lords, attending and speaking at ceremonial occasions, meeting visiting dignitaries and heads of state, representing the Lords overseas and developing parliamentary relations in Commonwealth countries and emerging parliamentary democracies.

Student Anna Burns, 16, said: “It was great to learn first-hand about the House of Lords.”

Lord Speaker Baroness D'Souza at Upton-by-Chester High School
Lord Speaker Baroness D'Souza at Upton-by-Chester High School

Headteacher Paula Dixon said: “The sixth form students thoroughly enjoyed the talk and the opportunity to ask questions on the House of Lords and really appreciated Baroness D’Souza’s openness in answering. I would thoroughly recommend the ‘Peers in Schools’ programme to allow students further insight into UK politics and the workings of Parliament.”

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