DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER – HOUSE OF LORDS – 17 May 2011

Dr Julian Lewis: When asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Epping Forest (Eleanor Laing) how one would resolve a clash between the two Houses, the Deputy Prime Minister said, “Well, this is why we are going to have different electoral systems, with proportional representation for the reformed Chamber.” Given that he believes that proportional representation is more democratic than first past the post, which of the two Chambers would he believe to be taking the correct decision if there were a clash on the basis that he outlined?

[The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr Nick Clegg): As I said earlier, as is set out clearly under the Parliament Acts and in line with the convention that the Government are held to account primarily by this Chamber, the supremacy of this House would remain.]