23 July 2008
PASC WELCOMES NOMINATION OF LORD JAY TO BE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS APPOINTMENTS COMMISSION
In a short report published today, Wednesday 23 July 2008, the Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) welcomes the Prime Minister’s decision to propose Lord Jay of Ewelme as the new Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. The Committee held a pre-appointment hearing with Lord Jay on Tuesday 22 July. The Committee concludes:
We are satisfied that Lord Jay has the professional competence and personal independence required for the post of Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. We therefore welcome his nomination and encourage the Prime Minister to make the appointment. We wish Lord Jay every success in his new post.
Lord (Michael) Jay is a non-party-political Member of the House of Lords, with a long career in the Diplomatic Service. His last two posts were as HM Ambassador in Paris from 1996 to 2001 and Head of the Diplomatic Service from 2002 to 2006.
The transcript of the session with Lord Jay will be published on the Committee’s website in due course.
Committee Membership: Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Charles Walker (Con) (Broxbourne), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)
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