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 membership. Various proposals have been advanced to reduce the size. While these are discussed, Number 10 continues to announce the appointment of even more peers.
Reducing the size of the House was addressed in the original Steel Bill, the Bill now being pursued in this session by Baroness Hayman. I drafted the Bill and what it seeks to achieve is a House smaller in membership than that of the House of Commons. It is an issue to which the House will shortly return. I usually participate in the ballot for Thursday debates and I have been successful in that for 12 December, when my motion to call attention to the case for reducing the size of the House of Lords will be debated. Unless we take some action, the House will simply continue to balloon in size.