I entirely appreciate concerns regarding the House of Lords but I do believe, however, that it plays an incredibly valuable role in our parliamentary democracy. The Government is committed to ensuring that the House of Lords continues to fulfil its constitutional role as a revising and scrutinising chamber which respects the primacy of the House of Commons.
For over a century, the Parliament Act has ensured that the House of Lords does not overturn legislation passed by the elected House of Commons.
I believe the House of Lords plays an important role as a revising chamber, made up of peers with a wide variety of experience and expertise. Through the appointment of peers, our political system has benefited from the wisdom of a great many figures, who have been able to scrutinise and improve legislation, to the nation's significant benefit.
While comprehensive reform of the House of Lords is not a priority in the current parliament, you may be interested to know that the Prime Minister is addressing immediate issues, such as the size and cost of the House of Lords. Thanks to her restrained approach to appointments, and Conservative reforms to allow the retirement of peers, as well as expulsion of those whose conduct is poor, the House of Lords membership has decreased since July 2016, and retirement is becoming part of the culture of the House.
I believe this approach strikes the right balance between ensuring our parliamentary democracy is representative and best value for the country, as well as a system which welcomes the expertise and wisdom of peers from all areas of public life.