HL Deb 20 January 2000 vol 608 c156WA
Lord Hardy of Wath

asked the Leader of the House:

What is her response to the Royal Commission Report on House of Lords Reform to be published on 20 January. [HL662]

The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington)

The Royal Commission was set a complex and difficult task to be completed within a demanding timetable. I am grateful to Lord Wakeham and to all the Commissioners for their hard work and commitment in producing this carefully considered and thoughtful report and for meeting the Government's tight deadlines.

The Government will need time to consider the recommendations made by the Royal Commission. However, it is very welcome that the Commissioners have produced a unanimous report, as this provides a sound platform for moving forward on a genuine cross party basis.