House of Lords Press Release

Embargo: Immediate Monday 21 January 2008
Contact: Owen Williams 020 7219 8659


The House of Lords Constitution Committee has announced that it will be taking evidence from academics and publishing a short report on the impact of the EU Reform Treaty upon the UK's constitution.

The report will consider issues such as the likely impact of the Treaty on people's rights and responsibilities, citizenship, powers and national sovereignty, the courts and judiciary, and Parliament itself.

The Committee will not be considering the issue of referendums.

Notes to Editors

1. The Constitution Committee is appointed "to examine the constitutional implications of all public bills coming before the House; and to keep under review the operation of the constitution". More information on the work of the Committee is available at:

2. This report is intended to complement the major report on the EU Treaty being prepared by the Lords European Union Committee.

3. The Constitution Committee expects to publish its report on the EU Treaty in early March 2008.

4. The Members of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution are:

Viscount Bledisloe
Lord Goodlad (Chairman)
Lord Lyell of Markyate
Lord Morris of Aberavon
Lord Norton of Louth
Baroness O'Cathain
Lord Peston
Baroness Quin
Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank
Lord Rowlands
Lord Smith of Clifton
Lord Woolf