Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr Lilley: In his preamble to the draft Bill, the Deputy Prime Minister wrote:

    “The House of Lords performs its work well”.

    Is he saying that it works in practice, but not in theory?

    The Deputy Prime Minister: I think that it is both flawed in theory, because of its lack of democratic legitimacy, and flawed in practice, because the status quo is unsustainable, as I shall now explain.