Lords Third Reading November 6, 2006Posted by James in Politics.
As you might be aware, last Thursday saw the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill debated in the Lords again. This time it was Third Reading, the last debate on the Bill in the Lords.
In the few days before the debate, the House of Lords fax machine had to work overtime as hundreds of Save Parliament supporters wrote in to try to get the Lords to make a couple of final amendments to the Bill. Unfortunately, no really good amendments were tabled at Third Reading, and there weren’t any divisons (votes), so we don’t know how many Lords even turned up. Still, thanks to everyone who took the time to write to a Lord!
While we didn’t manage to get what we wanted on the Lords Third Reading, Save Parliament supporters can feel proud of the fact that the Bill as it stands now is no longer the “Abolition of Parliament Bill”, but instead is only slightly worse than existing legislation. We still think that the Bill is unnecessary, and that adding yet more bad legislation to the statute book is not a good thing to do, but at least we won’t be seeing the back of Parliament just yet!
So, it goes back to the Commons now, where the Lords amendments will be accepted (or, less likely, rejected) before the Bill finally passes into law.