House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Committed to Committee

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:36 pm on 12th September 2018.

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Photo of The Earl of Erroll The Earl of Erroll Crossbench 3:36 pm, 12th September 2018

My Lords, I will make one very brief comment. If this is the problem, why can we not move all these Private Members’ Bills to the Moses Room? Maybe they could move there and that would also unblock it; I do not see why this particular one has to go there.

The challenge with the Bill is that it is antidemocratic. It does not propose—noble Lords should read the speech by the noble Lord, Lord Adonis—that we are replaced with a democratically elected House, which was in the agreement when the hereditary Peers came here. It mainly achieves an appointed House through the back door, steadily over time. That is a huge matter of principle and should not be brushed under the table.