Select Committee on Public Administration Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex A


  To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. [26093]


  The Appointments Commission brought new standards of transparency, professionalism and rigour into the selection of independent peers. The Commission have, as required, published criteria for appointing peers on the basis that individuals should have a record of outstanding achievement, political independence, integrity and the ability to contribute to the House.

  The 15 new independent peers were appointed because they have skills and qualities that will benefit the legislative scrutiny and revising work of the second Chamber. They included a world authority on palliative care, an expert on youth and social exclusion, a top British businessman and a leading educationalist. Their expertise is already contributing to debates in the House.

  As the Honourable Member knows, the White Paper on Lords Reform published last year proposes a statutory Appointments Commission to appoint independent members and to continue an open and transparent process of appointing independent members to the House of Lords. In the meantime the Appointments Commission will continue its role.

9 January 2002: Column 817W

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