The House of Lords Constitution Committee will question Lord Kakkar, Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission, in a one-off evidence session on Wednesday 26 February.
At 10.30am, Wednesday 26 February 2014; Committee room 1, Palace of Westminster
- The Lord Kakkar, Chairman, House of Lords Appointments Committee
Areas the session is likely to cover include:
- What has the Commission’s work consisted of since Lord Kakkar’s appointment in October 2013?
- How does the Commission judge the propriety of nominees for peerages? How often are nominees refused on this basis?
- Is there a level of financial support for a political party that is acceptable in a nominee and consequently a level that would make it inappropriate to nominate someone for a peerage?
- Why has the number of Crossbench appointments to the Lords declined when the number of political appointments has increased since 2010?
- How can the Commission encourage more diversity in the membership of the House?
- Is there an optimal size for the House? Is it now too large?
- Should Scottish peers be able to sit in the House of Lords if Scotland were to become independent?
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