Not only do I serve on two committees in the Lords, I now have an appointment in the Commons! I gave evidence to the Public Administration Committee in the House of Commons at the end of last year as part of its inquiry into Smaller Government: What Do Ministers Do? The committee is now in the process of working on a draft report. It is keen to draw on my advice in completing the exercise. However, under parliamentary rules, the only people entitled to see a committee’s draft report are members of the committee and the committee’s specialist advisers. As a result, I have just been appointed a specialist adviser to the committee. It is a very short-term appointment. And unpaid.
It is a job I am having to juggle with all the marking….