The House sits on various Fridays to consider Private Members’ Bill. On 24 October, the third and final Bill under consideration was Baroness Hayman’s House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspensions) Bill. It is a modest measure to give the House the power to expel or suspend peers, over and above the limited power of expulsion given by the House of Lords Reform Act 2014. If it gets on to the statue book, its real success will lie in how little it is used.
Because of the time taken up by the preceding two measures, we had a limited amount of time to discuss the Bill – the House tries to rise by 3.00 p.m. or shortly thereafter – so members kept their contributions short. What was notable was that everyone who spoke supported the Bill. I was the last backbench speaker. You can read my contribution here. The minister, Lord Wallace of Saltaire, said that the Government did not have a settled view on the measure. Why not is not quite clear, given that – as I pointed out in my speech – all three main parties have previously signed up to its provisions.