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House of Lords: Reform

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Leader of the House what options he has considered for the determination of salaries to elected numbers of a reformed House of Lords. (126876)

Paragraph 9.11 of the White Paper said that the recommendations 119-124 and recommendation 126 of the Wakeham Royal Commission would be likely to be “guiding principles” for any changes to the remuneration of Members of the Lords.

Paragraph 10.35 of the White Paper explains that once there are firmer decisions on composition on whether Members of a reformed House should be salaried or receive expenses, the Government will discuss proposals with the other parties and then seek the advice of the Senior Salaries Review Body. Following the votes in the House of Lords on 14 March 2007 on composition of a reformed House, I propose to reconvene the cross-party group, which I chair, to assess the outcome of the debates in both Houses.