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Privileges and Conduct - Motion to Agree

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 30th April 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Stowell of Beeston Baroness Stowell of Beeston Conservative 4:15 pm, 30th April 2019

It would certainly be for the committee to consider how to approach this, but I make the point to the noble Viscount and the House more generally that the reason for not having a disrepute clause or the power to act if the conduct of one of us outside this House is so serious that for them to continue as a Member would bring the whole House into disrepute should not be because we have not been able to define specifically what would constitute such action. We should just have—and be able to show to the world outside that we have—that power to act in such circumstances that it is so obvious to us that that is what we should do.