Lord President Hamilton, who had been off work being treated for stress for the previous two months (leading to difficulties requiring legislative solution – see Nos 566, 570, 571), returned to Parliament House and his duties on 3 July 2006.  Amongst his first tasks, performed on 5 July, was taking delivery of a present from the Queen to mark her 80th birthday this year: a silver mace for use in the Court of Criminal Appeal.  Tougher jobs lie ahead, one suspects.