HC Deb 11 March 2003 vol 401 c154W
33. Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the President of the Council what representations he has received arising from the recent votes on the reform of the House of Lords. [101902]

Mr. Robin Cook

I have received several letters from hon. and right hon. Members on behalf of their constituents, and a number more* from members of the public. In addition, my hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mr. McWalter) asked me about reform during last week's Business Statement. I said then that I had no plans to bring the issue back to this House until a fresh consensus has emerged.

* 115 since October 2002.

34. Mr. Heath

To ask the President of the Council he will make a statement on progress towards House of Lords reform. [101903]

Mr. Robin Cook

Following the votes in both Houses last month, the Joint Committee is now considering options for the way forward. I understand they are to meet again on 25 March 2003. It will be for the Joint Committee to decide what, and when, they wish to report to both Houses. As I told the House on 6 March 2003,Official Report, column 969, I think that it would be premature to bring the matter back to the House until there is at least the makings of a majority in this Chamber for a particular way of reform.