Volume 3. 1960-1969: Reforms Attempted
A Labour government came in, and in 1967 gained the majority needed to embark on bold legislation. But it feared interference, so comprehensive plans were backed for changing the whole complexion of two-chamber politics. Led by Lord Shackleton and the intellectual Richard Crossman, schemes were devised and inter-party talks got under way – at first in a spirit of cooperation. But had the party elites listened to their fiery back-benchers? When a bill was introduced into parliament, the scenes were unforgettable …
This volume tells not just the story, but reveals the intricate thinking of those who wanted to make a bicameral system work in the age of modern party politics.
Chapter 19: 1968. The White Paper in Parliament
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1968. The White Paper in Parliament
The White Paper was debated in the House of Commons on 19 and 20 November, and in the House of Lords on 19, 20 and 21 November 1968. The government had made plans in advance on how to handle the debate.
Note by P.L. Gregson1
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