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Lords reform

Asked for an update on House of Lords reform, the PMS said that the Government is waiting for the report of the Joint Committee. The coalition agreement says we will bring forward proposals for an elected upper chamber. The Government and PM remain committed to reform.

Asked whether the Government thought a referendum was needed on House of Lords reform, the PMS said that the Government had not been persuaded on the case for a referendum.

Asked whether the Government could be persuaded the PMS said that she was not going to speculate.

Asked whether the PM expects Parliamentary Private Secretaries to vote in favour of the proposals, the PMs said that the PM would expect them to vote for Government policy.

Asked whether it was actually Government policy to draft a Bill on reform, the PMS said that both the PM and DPM were committed to reform.

Asked what ministers were bound to regarding voting and the ministerial code, the PMS referred the journalist to the Ministerial Code.

Asked what the PM’s message was to 70 people who warned they would vote against the reform, the PMS referred the journalist to the rationale for reform set out by the PM and DPM in the joint foreword of the draft Bill.

Asked whether the PM supports the idea of having upper house elections by 2015, the PMS said everyone should wait to see the outcomes of the Joint Committee’s report.

Asked whether the PM was worried about the lack of support for this reform, the PMS said that reform had cross party support.

Asked whether the PM was committed to reform before 2015, the PMS said there was a process to follow. The draft legislation had been published and the Government was awaiting the Joint Committee’s report on the legislation.

Asked whether the legislation would be in the Queen’s Speech, the PMS said she was not going to discuss the contents of the Queen’s Speech.

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