Lords to question Oliver Letwin, Baroness Royall and Lord Falconer on coalition government

10 December 2013


The House of Lords Constitution Committee will tomorrow take evidence from Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy, as well as Labour Leader in the House of Lords Baroness Royall of Blaisdon and Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Labour Spokesman for Constitutional Issues in the House of Lords. The sessions are the Committee’s last in its inquiry into the constitutional implications of coalition government.

The full details are:

10.30am - Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords
Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Opposition Spokesman for Constitutional Issues and adviser on Planning and Transition into Government

11.15am - Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy

With Baroness Royall and Lord Falconer the Committee is likely to discuss the impact of coalition government on the House of Lords and the constitutional status of provisions in a coalition agreement as opposed to the manifesto of a single-party government. The session is likely also to cover how the working relationship between parties in the House of Lords has been affected by the coalition government and what preparations the Labour party is making for the possibility of future hung parliaments. 

With Oliver Letwin the Committee is likely to ask whether the coalition government considered putting the coalition agreement to a House of Commons vote in 2010, how it was decided on which issues the coalition parties could adopt different positions and how the system of cabinet committees has operated under the coalition. 

The evidence will start at 10.30am on Wednesday 11 December in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

The session will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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