Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform Special Report



The Joint Committee has been appointed:

(1) to consider issues relating to House of Lords reform, including the composition and powers of the Second Chamber and its role and authority within the context of Parliament as a whole, having regard in particular to the impact which any proposed changes would have on the existing pre-eminence of the House of Commons, such consideration to include the implications of a House composed of more than one "category" of member and the experience and expertise which the House of Lords in its present form brings to its function as the revising Chamber; and

(2) having regard to paragraph (1) above, to report on options for the composition and powers of the House of Lords and to define and present to both Houses options for composition, including a fully nominated and fully elected House, and intermediate options;

and to consider and report on—

(a) any changes to the relationship between the two Houses which may be necessary to ensure the proper functioning of Parliament as a whole in the context of a reformed Second Chamber, and in particular, any new procedures for resolving conflict between the two Houses; and

(b) the most appropriate and effective legal and constitutional means to give effect to any new Parliamentary settlement;

and in all the foregoing considerations, to have regard to—

(i)  the Report of the Royal Commission on House of Lords Reform (Cm 4534);

(ii)  the White Paper The House of Lords—Completing the Reform (Cm 5291), and the responses received thereto;

(iii)  debates and votes in both Houses of Parliament on House of Lords reform; and

(iv)  the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee report The Second Chamber: Continuing the Reform, including its consultation of the House of Commons, and any other relevant select committee reports.

The twelve Lords members, appointed on 4 July 2002, are:

Lord Archer of Sandwell

Viscount Bledisloe

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe

Lord Carter

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean

Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen

Lord Goodhart

Lord Howe of Aberavon

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

Baroness O'Cathain

The Earl of Selborne

Lord Weatherill

The twelve Commons members, appointed on 19 June 2002, are:

Janet Anderson

Mr James Arbuthnot

Mr Chris Bryant

Mr Kenneth Clarke

Dr Jack Cunningham

Mr William Hague

Mr Stephen McCabe

Joyce Quin

Mr Terry Rooney

Mr Clive Soley

Mr Paul Stinchcombe

Mr Paul Tyler

At its first meeting, on 9 July 2002, the Committee elected Dr Jack Cunningham as its Chairman.

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