1.The House of Lords Appointment Commission (HOLAC) is an independent, advisory, non-departmental public body sponsored and funded by the Cabinet Office. It was established by the then Prime Minister, Rt Hon Tony Blair, in May 2000.
2.The Commission has seven members of which three are appointed to represent the three largest political parties represented in the House of Lords and to ensure expert knowledge of the Lords. The others, including the Chair, are independent of Government and the political parties. They are appointed after an open recruitment competition run according to procedures set down by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
3.The Commission has two main functions:
4.The previous chairs of HOLAC were:
Published: 10 September 2018