In his first intervention in the new Parliament, Sir George pressed the Government on House of Lords Reform. (see below)
"In the 2001 Election, Tony Blair committed himself to a more democratic and accountable House of Lords. He then voted for an all appointed House. He has made a similar commitment to reform this time, but all we have been promised is a committee."
Sir George Young (North-West Hampshire) (Con): The Queen's Speech says:
"The Government will bring forward proposals to continue the reform of the House of Lords."
There is no mention of a Bill and no time scale. May I make a suggestion that will save us all a lot of time and trouble? At the end of the previous Parliament, a draft Bill was introduced with the support of members of all three parties. Why does not the Leader of the House just introduce that and get on with it?
Mr. Hoon: Because, as the right hon. Gentleman will be well aware, it is necessary for us to consider carefully the important issues. On other occasions, right hon. and hon. Members on the Opposition Benches have urged the Government to take their time and to consider carefully the implications of important constitutional measures, and that is what we will do.