This is the 9th Annual Report of the House of Lords
published in this format. It covers the financial year 1 April
2000 to 31 March 2001. A Review of the Year is followed by a report
of the administration which supports the work of the House of
Lords as the United Kingdom's second chamber of Parliament.
The work of the House itself - its legislative and
scrutinising role - does not fit neatly into a conventional financial
year, but is dictated by the framework of the Parliamentary session.
This report straddles one of the longest parliamentary sessions
in recent years (1999-2000) and a shorter session (2000-2001),
which is not unusual in an election year.
Whatever the length of the session, the administration
continues, supporting the work of the House as well as developing
to meet the needs of a changing House.
The Review of the Year highlights some of the significant
features of the year in question and is followed by detailed Office
Reports setting out how the House managed and spent the money
voted to it.
The "domestic" committees of the House
of Lords, which are responsible for overseeing matters such as
expenditure, accommodation, staffing, salaries and conditions
of service, as well as the upkeep of the Palace of Westminster,
are listed in Appendix A. The Annual Report was approved by the
Finance and Staff Sub-Committee and the Accounts are audited by
the National Audit Office.
During this reporting year, the Chairman of Committees,
Lord Boston of Faversham retired at the end of the 1999-2000 session.
Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish succeeded him but, sadly, died suddenly
on 21 February after only three months in office. Lord Tordoff,
Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees, became Acting Chairman
and was appointed Chairman of Committees on 29 March 2001.
J M DAVIES
Clerk of the Parliaments and Accounting Officer
23rd July 2001