Executive Summary |
In this report we conclude that provision for compulsory
retirement is not appropriate (nor realistically achievable) in
the current House. We conclude that there is a broad consensus
that the current House is too big and that the overall size of
the House should be reduced as soon as possible.
We recommend that the arrangements for Leave of Absence
should be immediately strengthened in order to encourage those
who, for whatever reason, are unable or unwilling to play a full
part in the work of the House, to step down from active membership.
We recommend that a scheme to allow members to give
notice of their intention to retire from membership of the House
permanently on a voluntary basis should be agreed by the House
and implemented as soon as possible. Introducing voluntary retirement
will ease the immediate problem of the size of the House, as well
as laying the foundation for a smoother transition to a reformed