"Piloting conduct at European and local elections

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 25th March 2004.

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Photo of Lord Campbell-Savours Lord Campbell-Savours Labour 2:45 pm, 25th March 2004

My Lords, I wish to intervene and perhaps lay on the record for students of proceedings on these matters what the position is in relation to votes in the House of Commons. What is clear to me is that in the past month a decision has been taken among groups of Opposition Peers to exert considerably more pressure on the Floor of the House by calling votes at inconvenient times and insisting on voting on issues which are clearly in contradiction to the position taken by Members of the elected House. In so far as I believe that the inevitable course we are on is one of crisis in the relationship between the two Houses, I should like to set down for students of these issues where we are on this Bill.