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Thursday, 20 January, 2000, 17:37 GMT
Lords reform proposals at a glance

Time for Parliament to change?


Lords Reform
    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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