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Response to the First Report of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform published its First Report at 11.00am today, 11 December 2002. A Church of England spokesman said:

"We will study the initial report of the Joint Committee carefully and participate as appropriate in the continuing debate on the future of the Second Chamber, with regard both to its overall reform and to the faith dimension.

"We note that the Joint Committee, once it has heard from Parliament, plans to reflect in greater detail on the substantial issues involved, including matters relating to religious faith. We will wish to consider in due course how we can best assist the Joint Committee in those deliberations."