But one of the sponsors of the so-called "equal protection" amendment, crossbencher
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, said: "Amendments falling short of equal protection would lead to greater legal ambiguity, professional uncertainty and parental confusion.
Viscount Bledisloe, a crossbencher
and farmer, caught the mood of the debate when he said: "The Government is taking powers which have not been exercised since the days of King Herod.
Lord Hylton said: "Nearly all the claimants are now in their 70s and 80s.
The Lords voted by 171 to 123, a majority of 48, for an amendment moved by Worcestershire farmer and crossbencher
the Countess of Mar during the Animal Health Bill's report stage.
He was responding to crossbencher
Lord Chalfont, who urged him to reopen the Board of Inquiry which examined the cause of the crash and found in 1997 that negligence on the part of the Chinook's two pilots was to blame.
Lord Palmer, a farmer, protested about low farm gate prices, falling incomes, post office closures, growing rural crime and the tourist industry crisis which meant farmers' wives facing diminishing bed-and-breakfast income.
It was tabled by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Reverend Dr Kenneth Stevenson, crossbencher
the Earl of Sandwich and one of the first 'people's peers', Lord Bhatia.
the Earl of Carnarvon, who backed the deal, said: "We all believed we were doing the best thing for the House of Lords.
It was tabled by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Reverend Dr Kenneth Stevenson, Lords crossbencher
the Earl of Sandwich and one of the first ``people's peers'', Lord Bhatia.
He said: "On the One O'Clock News on the BBC we had the risible spectacle of the 4th Baron Ampthill, a crossbencher
, claiming to speak for the British people and British democracy.
This is the dream of tyrants through the ages" - Lord Wilson of Dinton, an independent crossbencher
pointed out yesterday the amount they can claim has not kept pace with inflation.