Many congratulations to the Gazette for correctly referring to life peers as (eg) ‘Lord Howard (Michael Howard)’ which also tells us who he was before being ennobled. Very helpful.

It should be pretty obvious, I would have thought, but not so as most broadcasters (especially the BBC and Sky) repeatedly say, for example: ‘Lord Michael Howard’.

This drives my wife mad. She is an American writer and broadcaster, and says: ‘A Lord Michael Howard would have to be the son of a dook – at any rate, a hereditary, not a life peer’.

David Hutchins, Solicitor, Hackney, London