Parliament: The House in brief - Assent for Welfare Act
Friday 12 November 1999
The wide-ranging package, which ushered in stakeholder pensions among other measures, became law alongside the Immigration and Asylum Act, Food Standards Act, the Greater London Authority Act and the House of Lords Act. Peers, led by the Labour disability rights campaigner Lord Ashley of Stoke, had repeatedly voted to amend the Government's proposals, threatening to plunge the legislative programme - including Lords reform - into disarray. But on Wednesday, they finally backed down.
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