The House of Lords is about to start its consideration of the Bill to cut the number of MPs in the House of Commons by around 8%. So far the Conservative Coalition have resisted suggestions that if the Bill is passed the number of Ministers sitting in the House of Commons should be reduced pro rata. Such a reduction would prevent increased domination of the House of Commons by the Executive – a point argued in the recent report of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.
Meanwhile, over the weekend in France President Sarkozy has restructured his Government and cut the number of Ministers by a quarter from 40 to 30.
So the French President has shown that it can be done, will the Conservative Coalition make a similar commitment?
Probably not, while they have to keep all those Ministerial slots available for their LibDem “friends”.