British Commonwealth of Nations: Parliament's Week: Jul. 4, 1927


(British Commonwealth of Nations)

The Lords—

¶Gathered excitedly in unusual numbers and commenced august debate when the Conservative Government of Premier Stanley Baldwin suddenly put forward its long mooted and highly reactionary proposal to "reform" the House of Lords.

The Lord Chancellor, Rt. Hon. George, Viscount Cave, broached the Government's program in carefully generalized terms. He called for three major "reforms":

I. The number of members in the House of Lords to be reduced from the present 740 peers to 350.*

II. The House of Commons to have no power to pass any act altering the...

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