Select Committee on Public Administration Fifth Report

Better support for members

172. If the second chamber is to hold the executive to account more effectively, it will need better practical support. As the Royal Commission put it: "it is not sufficient just to have the right people. They also need to have adequate resources".[72]

173. Despite some recent improvements, the working facilities available to peers in the House—which is one of the world's busiest parliamentary chambers—are very limited. An average of four members share each cramped room, while only modest refunds are given for office expenses. The result is that, unless they have considerable private means, peers have very little help in their work.

174. We recommend that the research and other resources available to members of the second chamber should be adequate for the role that it is required to perform. We further recommend that this should be kept under regular review.

72   Cmd 4534 para 17.1 Back

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