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House Of Lords

Volume 155: debated on Monday 12 June 1922

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47.

asked the Prime Minister whether he can state when the Resolutions on the Reform of the House of Lords are to be submitted?

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he has said that rather frequently, and that the last time he replied to the question he said that on account of the continued illness of the Foreign Secretary some new steps must he taken to bring those Resolutions forward. What steps is it proposed to take?

If my hon. Friend will refer to my answer, he will find that he has not quoted me correctly. I said that if my Noble Friend (Lord Curzon) remained for a prolonged period unable to introduce the matter, we must take other steps. I have reason to think that it is the desire in the other place that these Resolutions should, if possible, be introduced by my Noble Friend who, as the Leader of the House, is the natural person to introduce them. My Noble Friend himself hopes to be able to do so.

Does the recent addition of five peers to the House of Lords fulfil the Government's idea of reform of that Chamber?