Tag Archive for House of Lords reform

Pricey Peers

Lord Lipsey

Some people are for turning the House of Lords from an appointed to an elected House of Lords, and some are against. The arguments bat to and fro; but one has so far received virtually no attention: the cost of the government’s proposals for election.  In the first five years reform could end up costing…

Half way through the Marathon

Baroness Murphy

104 speakers listed and a generous time allocation of 9 minutes, I had been looking forward to the first day of the two day debate on the White Paper on House of Lords Reform. There were no new arguments but some of the old ones were elegantly put and some were wonderfully passionate. Read it…

The cost of an elected House

Lord Norton

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the House of Commons on Tuesday: “Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere) (Con): Does the Deputy Prime Minister think that the proposed new House of Lords will cost more or less than the existing one? The Deputy Prime Minister: We want to reduce the number of people in the reformed House…

White Paper and Draft Bill

Lord Norton

The Govermment’s White Paper and House of Lords Reform Draft Bill got a poor reception in both Houses.  The media have been underwhelmed by the Government’s proposals and decided that they did not really merit being treated as headline news.  This is hardly surprising given that the White Paper really added little to what had…