Select Committee on Public Administration Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Letter from Professor Lord Bradshaw (LR 14)

  Thank you for your letter of 21 November.

  There is an issue which I would like the Committee to consider. This is how, apart from those who are nominated by the Independent Appointments Panel, it is proposed to ensure that membership of the Second Chamber is as little dependent upon the machinery of political parties as possible. We need people in the House of Lords who have real expertise in various walks of life and who are able to attend for say three days a week. We do not want party activists or hacks and I am anxious that all parties are obliged to demonstrate expert qualities in their nominations, not give membership of the House as a reward for political services at Westminster or elsewhere. Any elected element may do this but it is unlikely. The appointment element should contain some real safeguards.

  I do not favour a salaried house although an adequate expense allowance should be paid. It is not a full time job, most people should be able to earn something beside.

Bill Bradshaw

December 2001

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