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House of Lords: Reform — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:02 pm on 5th July 2010.

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Photo of Lord Maclennan of Rogart Lord Maclennan of Rogart Liberal Democrat 3:02 pm, 5th July 2010

Can my noble friend give a little further advice on the status of the committee, which, although appointed by the Government, includes a representative of the Opposition? None the less, the Leader of the Opposition in this House, the noble Baroness, Lady Royall, described it as a Cabinet committee. Does it have that authority and collective responsibility? Secondly, what steps will be taken to enable representations to be made to the committee that are germane to the work of the committee in the form of advice, given that the noble Baroness said to the House that the committee's proceedings could not be made clear or transparent? Are we not all interested in helping constructively? If we are to help constructively, can we be given some greater indication of how we can do so?