Peers urged to refrain from lengthy questions


The Labour peer Lord Campbell-Savours has urged his colleagues and government ministers to refrain from making lengthy speeches during question time.

Raising the issue during Oral Questions on 21 March 2013, he accused some "thoughtless" peers of "hogging question time, bullying the house and embarking on an ego trip of long, garrulous statements".

The House of Lords is a largely self-regulating house, and the Leader of the House Lord Hill said it was up to peers to "make their views known" if they felt someone was talking for too long.

He added he would remind his frontbench colleague not to give excessively lengthy answers.

However, the crossbench peer the Countess of Mar said frontbenchers needed to do more to promote brevity, saying she felt "embarrassed" having to tell colleagues to wind up their questions quickly.

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