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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 Grocott Lord Grocott Labour 3:02 pm, 5th July 2010

My Lords, as I previously understood it-the Minister has made it much clearer to me now-the agenda and the minutes of the committee could not be made public because the committee was a Cabinet committee. The noble Lord has now told us that it is definitely not a Cabinet committee. Given that this Government have trumpeted their commitment to transparency and openness, on which the Deputy Prime Minister has been in the lead, why on earth cannot the agenda and the minutes be published? If the noble Lord tells me that they cannot be, what offence would be committed if, for example, I were to ask my noble friend the shadow Leader of the House to let me have a copy of them?