Letter from George Stevenson MP (LR 17)
Thank you for your letter of 21 November and
for the enclosed press release.
My views on the issue of House of Lords Reform
are simply stated. I believe we should have a fully elected second
chamber. I do not accept the views held by some that such an elected
second chamber would be in competition with the House of Commons.
The powers, duties an responsibilities of an elected second chamber
can be properly circumscribed and laid out under the necessary
regulations, as is the case in many other bi-cameral systems in
other parts of the world.
The notion that the second chamber should have
a minority of members directly elected, and a majority of members
appointed by patronage, as is the basis of the Government proposals,
seems to be to be completely unacceptable.
In the event of some compromise being necessary
I believe that, at the very least, the majority of members should
be directly elected to the second chamber subject to the conditions
previously stated, and the minority of members that would make
up the total should be appointed by an Independent Commission,
although my strong preference remains for a fully elected second
chamber, which is entirely consistent with our democratic process.