UPDATE: Well, look at that! The Joint Committee has just now issued a press release saying it expects to publish its report on the 23rd of April 2012. Apparently they have finished… but they won’t publish until after the recess.
The Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill was intended to report today after already being delayed a month. There’s been no word on Parliament’s website about a further delay (plus they’d technically have to get an extension from the House), but the report steadfastly remains unpublished. Perhaps it’s embargoed until just before midnight, but we’ll have to wait and see.
This doesn’t bode well for the degree of consensus on the committee, and raises an interesting question: what happens when a committee fails to report on the day the House decides?
In other news, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill today became the most defeated bill in the last thirty years (11 government defeats) and if gets one more it will supposedly stand equal with the most defeated government bill ever. I must find out what that bill is.