It is variously claimed that the combination of Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties in the House of Lords provides the coalition with an inbuilt majority. It has not proven so inbuilt as to protect the Government from defeat. In yesterday’s proceedings on Report stage of the Public Bodies Bill, there were three votes and the Government lost two of them. On the first, on the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, the Minister, Lord McNally, basically conceded that the Government was going to lose. It did, by 225 votes to 162. The amendment, moved by Labour peer Lord Warner, was supported by the Opposition as well as by 52 cross-bench peers (only two voted with the Government), 6 Liberal Democrats and 5 Conservatives. In the second division, on an amendment moved by former Conservative Cabinet minister Lord Newton of Braintree, the Government lost by 198 votes to 191.