Tag Archives: Lord McNally

Debating the future of the Lords

This week, we had a two-day debate in the Lords on the Government’s White Paper on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill.  I was in the chamber for most of the debate, hence the light blogging this week.   Perhaps … Continue reading

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When is an answer not an answer?

I have just had an answer to a question I tabled a couple of weeks ago.  I asked the Government “further to the answer by Lord McNally on 1 December (HL Deb. col. 1474), what is the empirical basis for … Continue reading

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As I said in the House….

In the event, I spoke on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill on Monday evening – or, strictly speaking, Tuesday morning – at 12.10 a.m.  Anyone interested in my pearls of wisdom can find them here at col. 654.   Not … Continue reading

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Setting a precedent?

The House discussed an important Private Member’s Bill last Friday – Lord Lester’s Defamation Bill.  In responding, Justice Minister Lord McNally made an important statement.  However, his opening words also caught my eye: “The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice … Continue reading

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Wrong electoral system….

We had the statement yesterday on constitutional reform.  In the Lords, it was made by Lord McNally.   In the course of replying to questions, he asked “What is wrong with AV plus which is, after all, a system that is good … Continue reading

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Debate on reform of the Lords

The House had a lengthy debate yesterday on a motion to take note of the case for reform of the House of Lords.  There were sixty-seven speakers and overwhelmingly they favoured reforming the House in order to strengthen it in … Continue reading

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Reform of the House of Lords

On Tuesday, the House of Lords will be debating a Government motion to take note of ‘the case for reform of the House of Lords’.   I have no problem with noting the case for reform of the Lords.  I am … Continue reading

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