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Constitutional Referendum Bill Hl

Volume 415: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1980

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My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to make obligatory the holding of a constitutional referendum before a Bill which contains provisions to abolish the House of Lords or substantially to diminish its legislative powers may proceed beyong Second Reading in either House of Parliament and to amend Section 2(1) of the Parliament Act 1911. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 1a .—( Lord Alport.)

On Question, Bill read 1a , and to be printed.