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
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
recommendationnot on personal requesteven to sit
on the Cross-Benches!