Committee (and remaining stages)

Part of Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill – in the House of Lords at 1:15 am on 7th April 2010.

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Photo of Earl Ferrers Earl Ferrers Conservative 1:15 am, 7th April 2010

There you go. I cannot think why the Liberal Democrats cannot keep their mouths shut for half a minute. They want it all to be elected. They do not realise that the House of Commons will hate it or that there will be terrible antagonism between the Lords and the Commons, with the Lords saying, "We have now been elected. O House of Commons, we have got just as much right as you have". We have heard that the House of Commons will not give up one jot or tittle of its power, which is quite understandable. Who will want to be elected here to have no purpose or raison d'être?

The Liberal Democrats have got this mad feeling that you have to change everything. With the greatest of respect, I would ask them to leave something alone for a minute. One of the things that they can leave alone is your Lordships' House. At least the Government have had the sense to think that this is not the right kind of thing to do in a wash-up and I congratulate them on that. I suggest to them that they go on thinking in that way.