House of Lords Reform

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:48 pm on 10th January 2002.

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Photo of Earl Russell Earl Russell Liberal Democrat 3:48 pm, 10th January 2002

My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble and learned Lord for giving way. I hope that I may ask him a question. I am persuaded by what he says about the quality of debate, but the positive effect on the quality of the debate of the existing system goes with a negative effect on our ability to persuade another place. Is he able to address the trade-off between those positive and negative effects?