The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, appeared before the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons on Thursday. On the issue of the House of Lords, he followed the line taken by Hilary Benn earlier in the week, arguing that it could be wholly elected but without it necessitating any change in its existing responsibilities. The Guardian reported:
“The coalition’s planned elected second chamber will not seek or need extra powers, and wil remain a strictly revising chamber, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister has told the political and constitutional reform committee.”
How does one prevent an elected second chamber from seeking more powers?