In any typical measure, when it comes before the Lords it may confront over amendments. Indeed in the position was held by Jack Straw in the Commons, as head of the new Department of Justice. Parfois, on peut faire de formidables rencontres.
In my view, it certainly does, the more so as the Lords tends to exercise this power selectively and carefully, and can in no way be equated with the die-hard, all-hereditary, overwhelmingly Tory body of pre days. In these cases, as it happened, the police were unable to offer proper evidence of any wrong-doing, and all possible prosecutions lapsed forthwith.
As a result, from the party composition of the Lords was overwhelmingly Conservative or Unionist, to use the new nomenclature. While contentious bills are in Lords committee or at the report stage, there is an endless process of bargaining and discussion, mainly through front-benchers on all sides, but also involving backbench peers, especially those who are party political.
As prime minister, Gordon Brown has found the role of ministers in the Lords unexpectedly useful since he has used it as a home for various government spokesmen brought in from outside the Labour Party such as the diplomat Malloch-Brown or the health administrator Lord Darzi. There was suggestion too that the House of Lords life peerage systems could lead to anomalies.