This Annual Report of the House of Lords covers the financial
year 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003. A Review of the Year is
followed by a detailed report describing how the administration
supported the work of the House as the UK's second chamber of
The theme of this year's Report is change. There were major
changes in the procedures and working practices of the House;
in its administration and internal management; and in the way
in which the House accounts for the expenditure voted to it.
The House also agreed a new structure of "domestic" committees,
responsible for overseeing expenditure, accommodation, conditions
of service for staff and the upkeep of the Palace of Westminster.
In addition, an Audit Committee was established and its first
report is included in this Report. Deliberations on House of
Lords Reform continued in both Houses for much of the year and
are described in the report.
The House was busy throughout the reporting year, and its
main work of scrutinising Government legislation and examining
issues in select committees is described in the Review of the
As the Report went to press, the Government announced its
intention to reform the office of Lord Chancellor; to invite
the House to choose its own Speaker; and to create a Supreme
Court in place of the appellate jurisdiction of the House. These
far-reaching proposals, and the consultations on them which
are now taking place, will be fully reported in next year's
Resource Accounts for the House incorporating all the
financial transactions of the House in 2002-03 will be
published separately later in the current financial year, once
completed and audited by the National Audit Office. This Report
includes (on page 33 and in Appendix E, page 69) a breakdown
of expenditure by the House in 2002-03.
The House of Lords' Business Plan for the three year period
2004-05 to 2006-07 is published separately.
The Annual Report was approved by the House Committee.
Clerk of the Parliaments and
Accounting Officer July 2003
The House Committee: from
left to right, Baroness Williams of Crosby, Black Rod - Sir
Michael Willcocks (in attendance), Lord Hunt of Wirral, Clerk
of the Parliaments - Sir Michael Davies (in attendance), Lord
Lloyd of Berwick, Lord Brabazon of Tara (Chairman), Lord Craig
of Radley, Lord Williams of Mostyn, Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank,
Lord Strathclyde, Christopher Johnson (Clerk), Lord Barnett.
Absent: Lord Burlison and Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn.
The Management Board: from
left to right, Paul Hayter, Rhodri Walters, Kate Ball (Secretary),
Sir Michael Davies (Chairman), Edward Ollard, Michael Pownall,
Sir Michael Willcocks.