The Wilson government's attempt to renew the House of Lords in 1966–69 Cover Image

A Wilson-kormány kísérlete a Lordok Háza megújítására 1966–1969-ben
The Wilson government's attempt to renew the House of Lords in 1966–69

Author(s): Zoltán Barna Biás
Subject(s): History
Published by: AETAS Könyv- és Lapkiadó Egyesület

Summary/Abstract: The House of Lords, until the end of last century retained its composition of medieval basis that is its members were largely hereditary Peers. Since the 19th century it had been exposed to constant attacks, all the same, the Lords’ sphere of authority and composition by degrees was transformed. In the 1968/69's session the chamber was the closest to the implementation of reforms in that period when the UK economy and industrial restructuring was urgently necessary. In principle the Labour governments undertook the case of reform by the House of Lords, but they considered it a third-rate problem, even if some influential members of the party also urge a solution proposed by Richard Crossman, who recognized that the problems of composition and sphere of authority. This little group undertook the fight when the conflicts deepened between legislative and executive power, between the chambers and between the governing party and the Opposition. The study examines process of attempted reform, the causes of failure, as well as of consequences.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 33-51
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Hungarian