from the Committee for Privileges
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.