The principal justification for the House of Lords’ existence is the careful and experienced scrutiny of legislation. Making lots of small improvements – not the sculptors of legislation, but the ones who do the polishing.
The one that I am proudest of is helping add “an apology, an offer of treatment or other redress, shall not of itself amount to an admission of negligence or breach of statutory duty” to the Compensation Bill 2006. Today I am on the verge of brushing away another fleck – by making Academies subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
I can live with 4:1 after that.