Archer's Bill to reform succession passes first hurdle
Tuesday 08 July 1997
Lord Archer (right) saw his Bill to give equal rights to women in the accession to the Crown pass its first hurdle, by being nodded through the House of Lords. It now stands a strong chance of becoming law next year.
He is believed to have the backing of senior Labour peers, who will give it a fair wind in the House of Lords.
It is expected to gain a second reading in the autumn and go through its final stages in the Lords, raising the prospect that it could go through the Commons early in the New Year.
"I think public opinion has shown very clearly this is no more than common sense as this Bill would not take effect until the first born of Prince William.
"I think most people would think it would be a fanciful to suggest that in 2060 women were not as capable of being monarch as men."
The rules of primogeniture, under which the eldest son inherits all his parents' property have been raised in connection with the possibility that Prince Charles might renounce his claim to the throne, to marry Camilla Parker Bowles.
The next in line by age should be the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, who has gained popularity for her charitable and international work, after her own divorce.
Primogeniture would rule her out from inheriting the crown, which would pass to Prince William, the eldest of the Prince's two children, and Prince Harry, before the succession passed to Prince Charles's brothers, the Duke of York and Prince Edward.
Lord Archer's Bill will not have retrospective powers, and will not help the Royal Family to resolve the constitutional crisis, if the Prince of Wales does seek to remarry.
Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established media firm based in Surrey is ...
£40000 - £470000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: Java Developer / J2EE Devel...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£30000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This small technology business ...