The government responded to a report by a committee of MPs on reform of the House of Lords. It said that the government supported many of the proposals, including provisions contained within the House of Lords Reform (No 2) Bill. The Bill, currently passing through parliament, would introduce a retirement scheme and provided that those who did not attend during a session, and those convicted of a serious offence, would cease to be a member.
Source: House of Lords Reform: What Next? Government response to the committee's ninth report of session 2013ï¿½14, Fourth Special Report (Session 201314), HC 1079, House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, TSO
A report by a committee of peers examined the constitutional implications of multi-party government, how the coalition had changed or developed the conventions and practices of government and parliament, and what impact that would have on future single-party governments. It said that collective ministerial responsibility was the convention most affected by coalition government and recommended the development of a process whereby arrangements for the parties to differ on specific issues were collectively agreed and announced. The committee noted the impending election in 2015 and said that the coalition parties should now plan the use of remaining parliamentary time and make arrangements for confidential information sharing during the final months of the existing term.
Source: Constitutional Implications of Coalition Government, 5th Report (Session 201314), HL 130, House of Lords Constitution Select Committee, TSO