HL Deb 09 June 1999 vol 601 c157WA
Lord Coleraine

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Lord Chancellor's remarks on 25 May (H.L. Deb., col. 818), how many Liberal Democrats will be offered nomination for life peerages in accordance with the arrangements for "proportional creations" of life peers outlined in paragraph 6.7 of the White Paper on House of Lords reform, on the assumption that the House of Lords Bill is enacted with the present Clause 2. [HL2722]

The Lord Chancellor

The Government's commitment to proportionate creations for the Liberal Democrats and other political parties in the House of Lords reform White Paper was a commitment for the lifetime of the transitional House. It should be read in the context of the manifesto commitment to move, over time, towards more accurately reflecting the proportion of votes cast in the previous general election. Numbers cannot presently be specified.