§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will state the actual or estimated annual savings to the Exchequer if the House of Lords were abolished; and whether, in view of the Government's decision and policy of cutting Government expenditure, he will take action along these lines.
§ Mr. Channon
The estimated annual savings to the Exchequer, if the House of Lords were abolished, would be approximately £7.7 million. The Government do not intend to take the action the hon. Member suggests.