Furthermore, the Business Secretary has no fewer than three fellow peers in his ministerial team, meaning that peers in fact outnumber MPs in the Department for Business, leaving three underlings to be accountable for the actions of Lords Mandleson, Carter, Davies and Baroness Vadera in the Commons.
Back in March, since Lord Mandelson had thus far refused to debate with his opposite number, Ken Clarke, in television studios, I suggested that there was an alternative way to get the pair of them to debate the issues: by changing the Standing Orders of the House of Commons to allow for peers who were ministers to have to answer questions at the Despatch Box in the Commons and be held to account by MPs for their actions.
I put it to David Cameron at a press conference and he said it was "an intriguing idea" and that since Ken Clarke had chaired the party's constitutional task force, perhaps it was something he could examine.
Ken Clarke's spokesman has now got back to me and alas the shadow business secretary is not minded to take my suggestion on board. He says:
Perhaps I should suggest to Messrs Hannan and Carswell that it be included in one of their subsequent volumes on constitutional reform…