The Campaign for Science and Engineering on Lords reform

CaSE (Campaign for Science and Engineering) has released a report embracing a statutory, proactive and independent Appointments Commission, a minimum of at least 30% of all peers appointed in any reformed House, increased resources for the Lords Science and Technology committee and a more in-depth role for POST, the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology.

It’s worth reading in detail, and adds to the arguments put forward by Lord Steel in the press today in favour of his proposals. Unfortunately, the Liberal Democrat leadership is unhappy with Steel and doesn’t want his reforms to go ahead, claiming that they don’t want to ‘dignify an illegitimate house’. This is destructive to the role of the House of Lords and hence Parliament. We can only hope he changes his mind so that we can get rid of the worst excesses of appointment…

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