Debates between Baroness D'Souza and Baroness Evans of Bowes Park during the 2017-2019 Parliament

Lord Speaker: Powers

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Thursday 31st January 2019

(5 years, 4 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D'Souza (CB)
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My Lords, I of course welcome the suggestion by the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, that there should be what was originally intended to be a five-year review of the Lord Speaker’s powers in this House, but I point out and emphasise that the House has always operated on the basis of self-regulation. That is an extremely valuable convention simply because it ensures that each and every Peer in this House takes responsibility for the courtesies of the House. I understand that these have become somewhat frayed of late, but to undermine self-regulation would be an unfortunate precedent.

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park Portrait Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
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I agree with the noble Baroness. I believe that self-regulation works and characterises this House. It means that we do not need to resort, for instance, to selection of amendments and force groupings, programme Motions or guillotines, none of which, I think, would noble Lords want to be introduced to the House.