House of Lords: Appointments

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th September 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Seccombe Baroness Seccombe Deputy Chief Whip, Whips

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What arrangements are in place for the selection of the chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and for Parliament to scrutinise that appointment.

Photo of Baroness Ashton of Upholland Baroness Ashton of Upholland President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council (Privy Council Office)

The Prime Minister announced on 28 July that Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG will succeed Lord Stevenson of Coddenham CBE as chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission with effect from 1 October 2008.

Lord Jay has been selected in accordance with the code of practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The code requires openness and transparency, independent scrutiny of the appointments process and appointment on merit. In keeping with the Government's commitment to increase parliamentary scrutiny of key public appointments, Lord Jay appeared before the Public Administration Select Committee on 22 July in a pre-appointment hearing. The committee concluded that Lord Jay has the professional competence and personal independence required for the post and supported his appointment. Copies of the committee's report are available from the Library of the House.

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