House of Lords: Reform

– in the House of Lords at 3:32 pm on 14th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor 3:32 pm, 14th March 2007

My Lords, I beg to move that this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be fully appointed.

Moved, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be fully appointed.—(Lord Falconer of Thoroton.)

On Question, Whether the said Motion shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 361; Not-Contents, 121.

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Resolved in the affirmative, and Motion agreed to accordingly.

Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor 3:56 pm, 14th March 2007

My Lords, I beg to move that this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 20 per cent elected Members and 80 per cent appointed Members.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion negatived.

Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor

My Lords, I beg to move that this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 40 per cent elected Members and 60 per cent appointed Members.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion negatived.

Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor

My Lords, I beg to move that this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 50 per cent elected Members and 50 per cent appointed Members.

Moved, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 50 per cent elected Members and 50 per cent appointed Members.—(Lord Falconer of Thoroton.)

On Question, Whether the said Motion shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 46; Not-Contents, 409.

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Resolved in the negative, and Motion disagreed to accordingly.

Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor 4:27 pm, 14th March 2007

My Lords, I beg to move that this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 60 per cent elected Members and 40 per cent appointed Members.

Moved, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 60 per cent elected Members and 40 per cent appointed Members.—(Lord Falconer of Thoroton.)

On Question, Whether the said Motion shall be agreed to?

*Their Lordships divided: Contents, 45; Not-Contents, 392.

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Resolved in the negative, and Motion disagreed to accordingly.

Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor 4:49 pm, 14th March 2007

My Lords, I beg to move that this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 80 per cent elected Members and 20 per cent appointed Members.

Moved, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be composed of 80 per cent elected Members and 20 per cent appointed Members.—(Lord Falconer of Thoroton.)

On Question, Whether the said Motion shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 114; Not-Contents, 336.

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Resolved in the negative, and Motion disagreed to accordingly.

Photo of Lord Falconer of Thoroton Lord Falconer of Thoroton Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor 5:07 pm, 14th March 2007

My Lords, the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of York would like it to be known that he tried to get back for the end of the debate yesterday from the state banquet at Buckingham Palace, but he arrived at 10.14 pm, after we had adjourned. The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Chester was taken ill, which is why he was not here at the end. Although it looked as though the Church of England was rather depleted at the end of the debate, it was for unavoidable reasons—acts of God, one might say.

I beg to move that this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be fully elected.

Moved, That this House is of the opinion that a reformed House of Lords should be fully elected.—(Lord Falconer of Thoroton.)

On Question, Whether the said Motion shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 122; Not-Contents, 326.

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Resolved in the negative, and Motion disagreed to accordingly.

Photo of Lord Trefgarne Lord Trefgarne Conservative 5:24 pm, 14th March 2007

had given notice of his intention to move that this House is of the opinion that there should be no change to the current composition of the House of Lords.

Photo of Lord Trefgarne Lord Trefgarne Conservative

My Lords, I shall not move the Motion.

Motion not moved.