Peers debate reform of the House of Lords

15 September 2015

Peers debated the case for further reform of the House of Lords on Tuesday 15 September.

Peers debated the following four motions together.

Baroness Stowell of Beeston moved that this House takes note of the case for further incremental reform of the House of Lords to address the size of the House.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch moves to resolve that this House considers it an abuse of the constitution for any new peerages under the Life Peerages Act 1958 to be conferred on persons intending to take the Liberal Democrat party whip until at least 12 new peerages under that Act are conferred on persons who intend to take the United Kingdom Independence Party whip.

Lord Steel of Aikwood moved to resolve that this House considers it desirable that on the dissolution of each Parliament those members of the House aged 80 or over should retire from the House under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014, save that such members should elect 12 of their number to remain as members of the House for the following Parliament.

Lord Lea of Crondall moved that this House calls on all political parties to work together, in conjunction with a statutory House of Lords Appointments Commission, to ensure that recommendations for future appointments to the House (including those arising from the internal mechanisms of the parties themselves) are made with a view both to enhancing the reputation of the House and to ensuring an appropriate balance between the political parties.

 

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