Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill

Posted on June 14th, 2011 in Parliamentary News

Keith Vaz (Leicester, East) (Lab): Since Second Reading, have there been any further discussions with the Opposition about their proposal for the appointment of temporary peers? The Lord Chancellor seemed to favour the idea.

Mr. Straw: There has been no formal discussion of the matter, although informal representations have been made. As I believe I said on Second Reading, I understand the proposal and it is being considered in Government, and we shall have time to return to it.

The part of the Bill that deals with courts and tribunals has been the subject of widespread approbation. Finally, there are the parts relating to national audit and the transparency of Government financial reporting to Parliament. The national audit proposals follow on from a draft Bill from the National Audit Office.

As the Bill was published three months ago, it cannot be said that it has been slipped before the House with no opportunity for its provisions to be discussed properly.