An Elected Second Chamber: Further Reform of the House of Lords

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The Stationery Office, Jul 14, 2008 - 137 pages
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This white paper sets out the Government's proposals for a reformed second chamber. It stems from the constructive discussions in a Cross-Party Group on House of Lords Reform, which followed the March 2007 Parliamentary votes on the proposals contained in the February 2007 white paper ("The House of Lords: reform", Cm. 7027, ISBN 9780101702720). The Group reached consensus on a number of key issues, and this paper states where agreement was not reached. The white paper sets the context for decisions on House of Lords reforms and goes on to consider issues around, and options for, electoral systems. The effect of different electoral systems is examined against two scenarios: that the House is either 100 per cent or 80 per cent elected. The paper then looks at the powers of the second chamber. It suggests possible arrangements for any appointed elements, but there are no concrete proposals yet. Finally the white paper addresses other issues around the operation of a reformed second chamber and explores transitional arrangements.
  

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Contents

Foreword
1
Introduction
8
increased legitimacy
15
powers
40
other issues
61
making the transition
73
Costs
82
Voting systems modelling
88
Illustration of ballot papers
121
Maps showing constituencies used for modelling
127
Free votes on reform of the House of Lords
133
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