BBC: Elected House of Lords reform plans to be unveiled

BBC: Elected House of Lords reform plans to be unveiled — 2011-05-17 — By James Landale Deputy Political Editor, BBC News

The draft bill will be tucked discreetly at the back of a White Paper containing as many options as there are proposals.

All the detail will now be considered by a joint committee of both houses of Parliament that will be asked to report by next February.

In theory the government would like to be able to respond to the committee by the spring so it is in a position to put forward a proper, all-singing, all-dancing bill in the next Queen’s speech in May 2012.

Many peers oppose an elected second chamber because they fear it will politicise their house, depriving it of independent expertise, knowledge and wisdom, and filling it instead with party apparatchiks.

And many MPs oppose an elected second chamber because they fear it will be more assertive with its new found elective legitimacy, and challenge the supremacy of the House of Commons.

The likelihood is that if the government wants to get this through, it will probably at some stage have to use the Parliament Acts to override the Lords and force the changes through against their will, something that has only been done four times in the last century.

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