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House of Lords: Reform

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to suggestions to replace the House of Lords with a nominated advisory committee of experts. [HL336]

The Government are committed to the creation of a reformed second Chamber with a democratic mandate. The Government's 2008 White Paper proposed that the reformed second Chamber should be either 80 per cent or 100 per cent elected through a system of direct elections in order to achieve a more accountable and representative second Chamber.

The Queen's Speech of 18 November confirmed that the Government will publish draft legislation setting out a framework for a reformed second Chamber in the next few months.