Obituary: Lord Houghton of Sowerby
Monday 13 May 1996
Even in those more deferen-tial times, the tabloids complain-ed about the "Queen's pay rise". Houghton's solution, driven by his strong loyalty to the Crown, was to establish a "Department of the Crown" instead of the Royal Household, and bring the annual expenditure of the monarchy before the House of Commons for an annual vote.
The Houghton Plan became for a short while Labour Party policy, and was narrowly defeated at the Select Committee by one vote. If Houghton's plan for reform of the monarchy's finances, to make them more transparent and accountable, had been implemented, many of the problems faced by the Royal Family in later years might have been averted.
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