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House of Lords: Reform

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on proposals for legislative reform of the House of Lords. (156074)

I outlined the Government plans on the immediate next steps on House of Lords reform in my statement on 19 July 2007, Official Report, column 449. I hope to be able to publish a further White Paper around the turn of the year, with the aim of producing draft clauses that would form elements of the final draft Bill. My intention through the work of the cross-party working group on Lords reform is to formulate a comprehensive reform package that we would put to the electorate as a manifesto commitment at the next general election. All proposals have been and will continue to be the subject to clearance with Cabinet colleagues in the normal way.