House of Lords: Reform

Leader of the House written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Conservative, North Essex

To ask the Leader of the House if he will estimate the annual cost of a fully elected upper house.

Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham

To ask the Leader of the House

(1) what estimate he has made of the likely capital cost of new (a) facilities and (b) equipment for a reformed House of Lords;

(2) what estimate he has made of the (a) percentage and (b) actual change in running costs likely to arise from a reformed House of Lords under each option outlined in the Motions debated on 6 and 7 March in the House.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Chair, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal

Detailed analysis will be provided once the proposals for a reformed House of Lords are much firmer. I propose to reconvene the cross-party group, which I chair, to assess the outcome of the debates in both Houses. I will discuss the issue within Government and will return to this House to make a detailed statement on the way forward.

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