One of the features of the House of Lords is its ability – sometimes its almost surreal ability – to disconnect itself occasionally from the political hurly-burly and focus on other matters that are important but rarely get much political ‘airtime’.  Today, as Parliament packed up for a week’s recess to recover from one House losing a Speaker for the first time in over 300 years, the other House reviving a power last used in 1642 to suspend two of its members, and the expenses of members of both Houses under embarrassing scrutiny, the House of Lords spent 90 minutes discussing the effect of disease on the British bee population.   And quite right too.

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