Tag Archives: House of Lords

Why did the House of Lords vote for same-sex marriage?

One of the most notable features of the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act last year was the large majority it achieved in the House of Lords.  It received a Second Reading by 390 votes to 148, with every … Continue reading

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Working through committees

Both Houses of Parliament have tended to be chamber-oriented, a feature of Westminster-type parliaments.  It is only relatively recently that each has become more specialised through the use of permanent investigative committees.  Committee work increasingly occupies the time of members.   … Continue reading

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Doing things differently in the Lords….

Procedures in the Lords often differ from those in the Commons.   On legislation, for example, we do not employ guillotine or timetabling motions, all amendments tabled are put before the House, and amendments can be taken on Third Reading.   None … Continue reading

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Reducing the number of peers

My debate on the case for reducing the size of the House of Lords took place yesterday.  Anyone wishing to watch it can see it here.  I argued that, in terms of membership, the House had grown, was growing, and … Continue reading

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Debating the size of the House

The membership of the House of Lords is growing and in the view of many in as well as outside the House is too large.  There are problems in terms of the total membership as well as resource issues in terms of the active … Continue reading

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Fifteen years in the Lords

I was introduced into the House of Lords on Tuesday, 6 October 1998, so today is the fifteenth anniversary of my introduction.  The picture (right) was the formal photograph taken in the Robing Room following the ceremony.  For the introduction, my supporters were Lord … Continue reading

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Debating Syria

Both Houses were recalled last Thursday to debate the situation in Syria.   On matters of war, the onus rests on the Commons, so the Lords deliberates on a ‘take note’ rather than (as in the Commons) a substantive motion.  The … Continue reading

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Do they know I am talking about the Lords?

At the beginning of 2011, I gave the Stevenson Lecture on citizenship at Glasgow University.   I spoke on ‘Reform of the House of Lords’.   As I reported at the time, I was told an audience of about 50 or so was … Continue reading

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The cost of the House of Lords

An answer to a written question appearing in today’s Lords Hansard gives the figures (for 2011-12) for the cost per member of the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the European Parliament. Expenditure (£m) per member was: House of Commons     … Continue reading

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Travelling closer to home

It has been a busy week, which is why blogging has been light.  This evening, the House is siting late – it is now gone 11.00 p.m. and we have had five votes during the course of the evening (the … Continue reading

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