Friday, 13 February 2009
Progress on Lords Reform
The controversy over the (alleged) behaviour of certain Peers has led to renewed demands for House of Lords reform. On Tuesday the issue was raised in the House of Lords at Question Time. The Transcript can be found at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldhansrd/text/90210-0001.htm#09021041000471
The House is due to consider Lord Steel's House of Lords Bill on 27th February. Some people, including myself, are concerned abot this bill. It proposes a partial change, but doesn't tackle the more thorough reform which is required. In fact, it may end up entrenching an unelected House. Many of its most active supporters are completely opposed to a democratically elected Upper House. Some reform should not be an alternative for necessary action.