Joint Committee gets under way

The Joint Committee on the draft House of Lords Reform Bill held its first meeting this evening.   Twenty-three of the twenty-six members were present.  Lord Richard was elected to chair it and we discussed how we would proceed once we get under way proper after the summer recess.   A call for evidence will shortly be issued.  I shall keep you posted.


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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6 Responses to Joint Committee gets under way

  1. Dave H says:

    Somewhat irreverent, I know, but reading the title “Joint Committee” makes me think of an alternative meaning of joint that brings up visions of solemn gentlemen in grey suits sitting in a circle passing a spliff.

    Still, it might cause some quite creative and interesting ideas if it were true!

  2. Len says:

    It’s not strictly on topic, but I wonder if you could help me – I’ve heard claims that if the Two Murdochs and Rebekah Brooks don’t agree to attend the Culture committee next week, they will require them to attend. I thought only the Standards and Privileges committee could require attendance? Or am I mistaken? Thanks.

  3. Lord Norton says:

    Len: Select committees are normally vested with the power to ‘send for persons, papers and records’, so formally can issue a summons for witnesses to attend. If a witness fails to comply, the committee can report the failure to the House which may then treat it as a contempt.

  4. David Morris says:

    I’m glad that this Committee has been formed and it’s a shame that the issue of Lords reform isn’t getting more media attention. However, it’s understandable when you consider the News International scandal and subsequent parliamentary statements and debates.

    On the subject of House of Lords reform, I recently submitted an article to the Huffington Post UK called ‘The Case For Removing The Lords Spiritual’ ( I would greatly appreciate any feedback/comments that you can give.

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