Letter from George Howarth MP (LR 45)
Thank you for your letter of 17 January 2002,
seeking my views on House of Lords Reform.
My own preference would be to abolish the House
of Lords. The logic of a move towards reform seems to be rooted
in a belief that the House of Commons does not work as effectively
as it should and, therefore, the House of Lords should be reformed
to make up for the deficiencies in the House of Commons. Surely,
the issue is the need for reform of the House of Commons particularly
in terms of pre-legislative scrutiny and holding the Executive
My view is that two equally democratic branches
of Parliament would inevitably lead to unnecessary and debilitating
In the absence of any serious proposals to reform
the way in which the House of Commons functions, followed by the
abolition of the House of Lords, I will vote for whichever proposals
minimise the powers of the House of Lords.
Thank you for seeking my views.
George Howarth MP
Knowsley North & Sefton East