Select Committee on Public Administration Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Letter from The Lord Campbell of Alloway QC (LR 9)

  It is good of your committee to have taken this initiative on appointments and patronage as concerns the House of Lords.

  For the reasons given by Lord Hurd on the statement on the "White Paper"(in our House); it is thought that its proposals will not be acceptable to either House.

  In the meantime, or on enactment of stage II reform, it is thought that the existing arrangements for the appointment of Life Peers should be adopted. Hereditary peers could be offered Life Peerages by their Leader or Convenor for services rendered to the House.

  The existing powers of patronage exercised by the Prime Minister should be retained. Appointment should be on recommendation—not on personal request—even to sit on the Cross-Benches!

November 2001

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