Debates between Baroness D'Souza and Lord McFall of Alcluith during the 2019 Parliament

House of Lords: Size

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Lord McFall of Alcluith
Thursday 28th January 2021

(3 years, 4 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D’Souza (CB) [V]
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My Lords, the chairman of the Procedure Committee did indeed undertake in June of last year to look at various issues around the size of the House. Has any discussion taken place within the committee? Given the distinguished role of the Procedure Committee to contribute to the smooth running of the Chamber, would it not be appropriate for the committee to undertake some actions in the near future to reduce the number of Peers, thereby contributing to the efficacy and reputation of the House?

Lord McFall of Alcluith Portrait Lord McFall of Alcluith [V]
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I thank the noble Baroness for that question; again, there is something very positive in that. However, the problems that have arisen in the past lie elsewhere; they do not lie in the House itself. Whatever the Procedure Committee can do, it will do because, as mentioned earlier, the whole House endorsed the Burns report and the Lord Speaker’s initiative in setting it up.