An Elected Second Chamber: Further Reform of the House of Lords
The Stationery Office, Jul 14, 2008 - 137 pages
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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140 constituencies 2005 General Election allocated Alternative Vote system Annex appointed element appointed members arrangements assumptions ballot paper Candidate Candidate Candidate Chart Church of England Commissioners Conservative Manchester Conservative Scotland Conservative South Wales considered Cross-Party Group Crossbench elected in thirds elected members elected second chamber election results ensure existing peers February 2007 White FPTP FPTP system Government proposes Government's hereditary Peers House of Commons House of Lords Labour North Labour West Yorkshire legislation Liberal Democrats Lords Appointments Commission Lords reform mainly elected second modelling North Central London North East Northern Ireland West number of seats number of votes options party list Past The Post political preference votes primacy recall ballots reformed chamber reformed second chamber role round of elections Second chamber composition semi-open list Single Transferable Vote South Labour South Yorkshire Stationery Office STV system three electoral cycles voters votes cast Wakeham Commission West Yorkshire wholly elected second