House of Lords: Members

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider appointing a very limited number of new Peers reflecting individual talents and backgrounds rather than party political nominees.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The House of Lords Appointments Commission receives nominations for non-party-political life Peers and recommends individuals for membership, based on merit and their ability to make a significant contribution to the work of the House.

The commission has been asked by the Prime Minister to consider nominees who would broaden the expertise and experience of the House and reflect the diversity of the people of the United Kingdom. The commission must ensure that the individuals it recommends are independent, have integrity and are committed to the highest standards of public life.

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