Select Committee for Privileges First Report



FIRST REPORT

from the Committee for Privileges


18 OCTOBER 1999


ORDERED TO REPORT

1. That the Committee have met and have considered the reference of the House of 27 July which was in the following terms: "whether the House of Lords Bill (as amended on Report) would, if enacted, affect the right of those hereditary peers who have answered to their Writ of Summons before the Bill receives Royal Assent to continue to sit and vote throughout the Parliament in which the Bill is enacted".

2. That the Committee have heard counsel on behalf of the Lord Mayhew of Twysden and on behalf of Her Majesty's Government.

3. That it is the unanimous opinion of the Committee that the House of Lords Bill would remove the right to sit and vote from all hereditary peers, who have answered to their Writ of Summons before the Bill receives Royal Assent (save those exempted by virtue of clause 2), from the end of the session in which the Bill is passed. Reasons for this decision will be given later.


 
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