Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC), has said that he intends to invite the Committee to discuss the former Prime Minister's resignation honours list (PDF 219 KB), and his choice of 13 new peers (PDF 92.3 KB), as soon as it meets in September.
In a report published in 2012, the Committee's predecessor strongly urged a full reform of the honours system, but those recommendations were rejected by the then coalition Government.
Mr Jenkin said:
"We have already discussed the principle of holding an inquiry into the House of Lords. This should include the size and composition of the House of Lords, but also the way in which new peers are appointed. I think reform of the House of Lords is by far the most important issue arising from this month's controversy. I hope the new Government will consider this and our previous report seriously, and I hope the Committee will agree terms of reference and to launch our inquiry as soon as the House returns in September."
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