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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:34 am on 8th September 2016.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 11:34 am, 8th September 2016

As I said to Paul Flynn, I wish that there had been consensus on reform of the House of Lords in the previous Parliament, but that consensus was absent, and we are where we are. I doubt that opinion across the House of Commons has changed all that much since that abortive attempt at reform a few years ago.

The answer to Kevin Brennan is that he really cannot evade the central point that we are now operating on electoral registers based on a census taken in 2001. They are very out of date, given the population changes that have taken place since then. It is also plainly wrong to continue with a situation in which constituency electorates are of such disparate sizes. That in practice means that there is gross inequality between the weight of votes of individual electors in different seats.