I attended a Hansard Society lecture on Wednesday of last week given by the Speaker, John Bercow, on revitalising the chamber of the Commons. You can read the lecture here. He identified various ways in which more members could be attracted to the chamber to participate. In response to a question, he expressed support for select committee chairs providing short summaries of reports in the chamber and also allowing the House to vote on committee recommendations.
Though attendance at debate in the Lords is usually better than in the Commons, the move towards change in the Commons means that it is important that the Lords is not left behind by the other chamber.
In responding to a question in the House this afternoon on post-legislative scrutiny, the Leader of the House, Lord Strathclyde, indicated sympathy for the idea of a committee on post-legislative scrutiny. When reminded by the Shadow Leader, Baroness Royall, of what he had said in response to my debate on reform earlier this year, he said he would be discussing with her and Baroness d’Souza, as convenor of the cross-benchers, how they could take forward proposals for reform. The reports from the different working groups, to which Baroness Murphy has provided a link, provide a clear reform agenda: we thus have the basis for achieving change.