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Select Committee

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the coalition will not be taking up ideas for House of Lords reform put forward by the former Liberal Democrat leader, Lord Steel.

He held his annual evidence session with the Lords Constitution Committee on 9 January 2013 on the government's progress on constitutional reform.

Lord Steel's proposals included the introduction of a voluntary retirement scheme, and disqualification for non attendance and some criminal convictions

Mr Clegg said the plans didn't "shift the dial in a significant way".

The committee also heard from Political and Constitutional Reform Minister Chloe Smith, who told peers it was the government's intention to pass the proposed Succession to the Crown Bill in a single day in the Commons, but denied that it was being treated as "draconian legislation".

The bill would end discrimination against women in the line of succession to the British throne, meaning that the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will become monarch, whether they are a boy or girl.

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