Thursday, 20 January, 2000, 17:37 GMT
Lords reform proposals at a glance
Time for Parliament to change?|
A brief guide to the Wakeham Commission's 132 proposals for reforming the House of Lords
- Commons remains the dominant body with no major extensions to the powers of a reformed second chamber
- Prime minister's powers of patronage to end - independent appointment commission to choose members
- It should not be possible for any one party to secure an overall majority in the new second chamber
- 550 members to sit in the new body
- Between 65 and 195 elected members
- Three proposals for choosing the elected membership, Model B, is the preferred choice of the commission
- Model A - 65 members selected by using the results of a general election to see what proportion of seats should go to each region. One third of the regions would select members at each election.
- Model B - 87 regional members to be directly elected at the same time as the European elections by proportional representation. Open list system prefered with the election by thirds.
- Model C - 195 regional members directly elected by thirds using open list system - elections to run at the same time as Euro elections.
- Members elected for 15 years - with the option for a second term
- All faiths to be represented
- Members paid according to attendance
- At least 30% of the new body should be female, and 20% should be crossbenchers with "fair" representation for ethnic minority groups
Current Life peers should be able to sit in the new body, or not, as they wish
- Present judicial role to continue
- New committees to look at treaties, EU affairs, human rights and the constitution
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