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The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): I have today tabled a Motion inviting the House to approve the appointment of Paul Kernaghan CBE QPM, former Chief Constable of Hampshire, as Commissioner for Standards for the House of Lords.
The report of the Leader's Group on the Code of Conduct (the Eames Group) recommended the appointment of a Lords' Commissioner for Standards, and such an appointment is provided for in paragraph 16
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Recruitment to the Office of Lords' Commissioner proceeded by way of an open competition. A number of candidates were interviewed by a board, which included two external members and was chaired by Baroness Fritchie, a former Commissioner for Public Appointments. A smaller number were subsequently interviewed by a further board, comprising the Leaders of the three main parties or their representatives and the Convenor of the Cross-Bench Peers, chaired by the Lord Speaker. This board unanimously recommended the appointment of Mr Kernaghan. The appointment will be for an initial period of three years.
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