House of Lords: Financial Support for Members — Motion to Approve

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:08 pm on 14th December 2009.

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Photo of Earl Ferrers Earl Ferrers Conservative 7:08 pm, 14th December 2009

My Lords, before the noble Baroness sits down, I would be grateful if she would be kind enough to get me out of a muddle, because I still do not understand it. She said at the beginning that we are not voting for the report, we are voting for the architecture of the report. Presumably the report contains its own architecture. If we vote only for the architecture, not for the report, what are we doing? We are dismissing various bits of the report. It seems to me rather like the decorations on a Christmas tree; we are flinging bits off that we do not want and putting others on.