|12th September 2012|
Third agers to take over the House of Lords
Members of the University of the Third Age are to take part in a debate in the chamber of the House of Lords on November 30, together with an equal number of young people. The debate was announced by U3A chairman Ian Searle in his address to the Annual General Meeting today (SEPTEMBER 12). The debate will be chaired by the Speaker of the House of Lords, Baroness D’Souza.
Mr Searle, who was making his farewell speech as he is stepping down after three years as U3A chairman, explained:
“Once a year the House of Lords makes the Chamber available to non-members for debate. This year they have chosen to invite the U3A, together with a number of young people, to debate an issue of interest to both young and old. There will be room for between 150 and 200 U3A members only, so the allocation of places must be restricted, but fair.”
Mr Searle also announced details of the online courses to be launched by the U3A in January. These will be tutored courses, and the first three will be on the Vikings, the decade before Queen Victoria, and the First World War.
They are designed for members who are housebound or in residential homes, and cannot easily travel to learning groups; and for those who wish to study at times of their own choosing rather than attend meetings at set times.
And he announced a new venture in collaboration with the Prison Reform Trust, in which the U3A will help the PRT to trial new material written especially for older people.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
At the invitation of the House of Lords, 110 U3A members occupied the Lords' Chamber on 7th December with 110 students aged 14 to 18 from state schools and colleges across the UK.
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