According to the UK Independence Party website UKIP will try to achieve the following if they gain power at the 2010 general election:
UKIP proposes a hybrid house of appointed Lords and elected Lord Senators 200 elected Senators and 100 appointed Lords, plus 12 Law Lords and 5 Bishops. Elected Senators will provide greater democratic legitimacy and assume powers of public inquiry, to hold public appointment hearings, and will acquire other royal prerogative powers.
Senators will be elected on a super-constituency basis, comprising 3 or 4 MP constituencies, depending on the size of local constituencies, but following the same boundaries, representing around 230,000 voters, every 5 years for normally up to 15 years maximum. This will be under an Alternative Vote (AV) system. We also propose two quality qualifications for elected Lord Senators: an age threshold of 40 years, similar to the USA Senate, & evidence of achievement and dedicated service; these qualifications are to help prevent the House of Lords mirroring the House of Commons, and to help ensure Senators are individuals of experience and wisdom.
Recognizing the new role of the House of Lords which stands above party politics, and which has a greater focus on protecting the constitution, defending the national interest and holding the executive to account, above party or vested interests, we propose that Lords & Senators should not be whipped.
I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on UK Independence Party’s House of Lords Reform policies in the comments below?