It is a great pity that the Rising of the House has been brought forward from next Thursday to Tuesday, perhaps David Cameron was nervous Nick would do well and didn't want to give him that second opportunity?
Labour have been attacking Lib Dems all day today saying that it wasn't 1922 when a Liberal last answered questions, so here is the history.
The modern type of Prime minister’s Questions only dates from 1961. Lloyd George was the most recent Prime Minister to be a Liberal at that time (Churchill having joined the Conservatives before being PM).
Jack Straw was a disappointment in some respects, I thought his questions and points were quite rambling.
What Nick Clegg did manage to achieve, despite the Speaker's best attempts to thwart it, was to explain some of the Liberal Democrat achievements under the Coalition Agreement.
In just 10 weeks since the start of the Coalition Government, the Liberal Democrats have exerted a huge influence over its agenda.
Going into the election the Liberal Democrats made clear that they had four key priorities: fairer taxes; a fair start for children with extra funding for disadvantaged pupils; a comprehensive clean up of our politics, including a fairer voting system; and a green, sustainable economy.
Thanks to Lib Dem involvement, the Coalition Government will deliver on each of these.
There are also a large number of other Lib Dem policies and pledges that will now begin to make a real, positive difference to people’s lives because of our role in the Coalition Government.
These include everything from rolling back the surveillance state and giving people back their civil liberties, to prison and NHS reforms, fairer pensions, the ending of child detention and the scrapping of the third runway at Heathrow.
Delivering on our promises
- A referendum on the Alternative Vote to take place in May 2011
- The right to sack MPs guilty of serious misconduct
- Fixed term parliaments of five years
- Reform of party funding
- Moving towards an elected House of Lords, elected by proportional representation
- A statutory register of lobbyists
- A radical devolution of power and greater financial autonomy to local government and community groups
- Tough action to tackle the deficit
- The creation of a green investment bank
- Reform of the banking system to make sure that banks lend to viable British businesses
- An independent commission on separating investment and retail banking
- Measures to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses
- Support for low carbon energy production and an increase the target for energy from renewable sources
- Enabling the creation of a national high speed rail network
- The creation of a smart electricity grid and the roll-out of smart meters
- The establishment of an emissions performance standard that will prevent coal-fired power stations being built unless they are equipped with Carbon Capture and Storage Technology
- Replacing Air Passenger Duty with a per-plane duty
- The provision of a floor price for carbon, as well as working to persuade the EU to move towards full auctioning of ETS permits
- The abolition of Identity Cards, the National Identity register, the next generation of biometric passports and the ContactPoint Database
- The repeal of unnecessary laws
- Further regulation of CCTV
- The outlawing of finger-printing of children at school without permission
- Extending the Freedom of Information Act
- Ending child detention for immigration purposes
- Removal of innocent people from the DNA database
- Fair compensation for Equitable Life victims
- The modernisation of the Royal Mail
- Flexible working and promotion of equal pay
- Reform of the NHS to strengthen the voices of patients and the role of doctors
- A commission on long-term reform of social care
- Cutting Quangos and government bureaucracy
- Implementing the recommendations of the Calman Commission on Scottish devolution
- A referendum on further powers for the Welsh Assembly