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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

The working practices of the House of Lords

The case for reviewing the working practices of the House of Lords was the subject of a debate in the House yesterday. There have been a number of dramatic changes in the House recently - lots of new Peers have been created; the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition has a large working majority (compared to the position under the last Government in which Labour could (and was) frequently defeated - often with the winner of a vote dependant upon the way the Liberal Democrats or Crossbenchers voted). Some observers are claiming that "self regulation" isn't working as it used to.

A detailed Lord Library note on the background and issues of yesterday's debate can be accessed here.
The debate can be read in Hansard (dated 12th July - available from 8am UK time on 13th [if you are an early bird like me - before then you can access it here])

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