Lords Reform Committee to Hear From Former Lord Speaker

17 January 2012


The Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill will next week hear evidence from Baroness Hayman, the former Lord Speaker,  Paul Murphy MP, Lord Cormack and representatives of the Campaign for a Democratic Upper House.

The Committee are expected to ask the witnesses for their views on potential conflicts between an elected second chamber and the House of Commons, and whether current conventions governing the relationship between the two Houses might need to be codified if the Lords were reformed.

The witnesses are also expected to be asked for their views on the proposals for fixed 15-year terms for members of a reformed House of Lords and on what basis any appointed element of a reformed House should be chosen.

The evidence sessions will start at 4.30pm on Monday 16 January in Committee Room 4A in the House of Lords.

The full details are:

4:30pm - Damien Welfare and Daniel Zeichner, The Campaign for a Democratic Upper House

5:15pm – Lord Cormack and Paul Murphy MP

6:15pm - Baroness Hayman, former Speaker of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

1. The evidence session is open to the public. If you wish to attend you should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and allow time for security screening.

2. You can watch the session live on the internet at www.parliamentlive.tv

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