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After Clause 2
 
  
BY THE LORD STRATHCLYDE
THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE LORD MACKAY OF DRUMADOON
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  There shall be an Appointments Commission ("the Commission") which shall make proposals to the Prime Minister for recommendations to Her Majesty for the conferment of life peerages in accordance with the Life Peerages Act 1958.
 
    (2)  The Commission shall be an advisory non-Departmental public body and shall--
    (a)  be appointed in accordance with the rules of the Commissioner for Public Appointments;
    (b)  operate an open and transparent nominations system for peers not belonging to, or recommended by, any political party ("the Cross Bench peers");
    (c)  actively invite nominations by the general public and encourage nominations from professional associations, charities and other public bodies that it judges appropriate;
    (d)  publish criteria under which it will determine a candidate's suitability for nomination;
    (e)  reinforce the present function of the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee in vetting the suitability of all nominations to life peerages by the political parties; and
    (f)  scrutinise candidates for peerages on the grounds of propriety in relation to political donations, as proposed in the 5th Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
    (3)  The Prime Minister will have no right to refuse to recommend to Her Majesty a nomination the Commission has passed, nor shall the Commission be required to give any additional weight to recommendations from the Prime Minister or the Leaders of other political parties.
 
    (4)  Following the passing of this Act the Commission shall make a report annually to Parliament on the recommendations made to Her Majesty by the Prime Minister for the conferment of life peerages, in which it will declare if the following criteria are being observed, namely that--
    (a)  no one political party commands a majority in the House of Lords;
    (b)  the Government has broad parity of numbers with the main opposition party; and
    (c)  the proportion of peers not belonging to, or recommended by, any political party ("the Cross Bench peers") to the total number of life peers in the House remains as it was on the day before the passing of this Act.
    (5)  The Commission shall consist of eight members of the Privy Council, of which four shall be appointed by a special Commission of the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Lord Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords.
 
    (6)  One Commissioner shall be appointed from each of the three largest parties in the House of Commons on the nomination of the Leader of each such party, and one shall be appointed from the Cross Bench peers on the nomination of the Convenor of the Cross Bench Peers.
 
    (7)  The Commissioners shall have a statutory duty to ensure that each Prime Minister in future will have less influence than any of his predecessors over appointments and the composition of the House of Lords.")
Appointments
Commission.
  
BY THE LORD STANLEY OF ALDERLEY
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  There shall be an Appointments Commission which shall--
    (a)  make life peerage recommendations to Her Majesty, and
    (b)  approve proposals for life peerage recommendations made by any other person.
    (2)  In this section "a life peerage recommendation" is a recommendation to Her Majesty for the conferment of a life peerage in accordance with the Life Peerages Act 1958.
 
    (3)  In making, or approving a proposal for, a life peerage recommendation, the Appointments Commission shall be guided by the following principles relating to the membership of the House of Lords--
    (a)  no one political party should have a majority;
    (b)  there should be broad parity between the numbers of government peers and those of the main opposition party peers;
    (c)  there should be broad parity between the numbers of government peers and numbers of Cross Bench peers;
    (d)  more than half the members of the House of Lords, whether government peers, opposition peers or Cross Bench peers, should have experience of and expertise in areas other than (or in addition to) politics.
    (4)  Membership of the Commission shall not exceed 10 but subject to that the Secretary of State shall make regulations--
    (a)  providing for the appointment of the members of the Appointment Commission, for procedural matters relating to the functions of the Commission and for the members' remuneration and expenses; and
    (b)  restricting the making of life peerage recommendations to Her Majesty by persons other than the Commission unless the proposal for the recommendation has been approved by the Commission.")
Appointments Commission (No. 2).
 
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