Tory peer claims Lords would be 'strengthened' by elections
23 April 2012 Last updated at 14:50 BST
The House of Lords would be strengthened by being directly elected, according to Lord Strathclyde.
The Tory leader of the Lords spoke of "a different house, a more assertive house" but claimed a referendum, suggested by a Parliamentry committee, would be "expensive and complicated".
He also argued the current House of Commons had given a lot of powers away and was not "assertive enough".