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House of Lords vs House of Commons - ROLES
INTRODUCTION
Representation the act of speaking on behalf of someone else mandate, delegate, trustee
Scrutiny the process by which the gov is checked & held accountable by the legislature and other bodies
Legislation commonly referring to one or more acts of parliament
House of lords unelected second chamber of parliament, the UK's bicameral legislature
DEFINITIONS House of commons fully elected chamber of parliament, located in Westminster
Parliament the UK's legislature, located in…read more

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Time for private members bills,
on Friday's ­ as gov controls agenda
quality of bill, as time spent on
EXPLAIN If `run out of time' usually
it
doesn't pass
POINT + - + USE OF EXPERTISE IN WHITE/GREEN -
PAPER & COMMITTEE STAGE
Immigration act ­ student visa's ­
EXAMPLE consulted with UK border agency,
university's & NUS
Experts tend to be on
EXPLAIN pre-legislative stage/committee stage
quality of bill
Good at SCRUTINY Bad at SCRUTINY Good at SCRUTINY Bad at…read more

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Can scrutinise the MP's worried about promotion
More conscious of public opinion
content of the bill more ­ `professional politicians'
Leads to change
effectively
Leads to more/better
change
POINT + CROSS BENCHERS - OPPOSITION DAYS
Unqualified teachers discussion
Pasty tax ­ opposition day did
Currently 178 by labour ­ was not re-addressed, no
EXAMPLE lead to scrutiny action taken / change
crossbenchers in lords action was taken
in policy
Do not belong to a party
Gives opposition the opportunity
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Though, more than commons
More ethnic minorities and Legitimate = authority = power Less than lords
EXPLAIN Old, white male, oxford, high
women than commons Have an mandate
class
POINT + - HEREDITARY PEERS + -
EXAMPLE
Unelected
Place is given to them
EXPLAIN
Not representing the people
POINT + - UNELECTED + -
EXAMPLE
EXPLAIN
CONCLUSION "effective = "expertise"=HOL> HOC - but - ="getting things done"=HOC> HOL…read more

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HOUSE OF LORDS REFORM?
YES NO
POINT UNELECTED HEREDITARY PEERS ALREADY HAD A REFORM
1999 ­ 1st stage ­ left with 92 hereditary peers ­ replaced with life peers (expertise)
Under representative / un democratic
EXAMPLE 2003 ­ second stage rejected
Illegitimate = undemocratic
POINT NOT REPRESENTATIVE IF ELECTED GRIDLOCK WITH COMMONS
Like house of reps and executive in USA ­ due to midterm election, republican house and
EXAMPLE Women = 20% democratic executive
Both elected
Both legit=authority=power
Conflict
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