Embargo: Immediate Friday 23 January 2009
Contact: Owen Williams 020 7219 8659


The new House of Lords Select Committee on the Barnett Formula will next week hear evidence from Lord Barnett, who originally developed the formula and now argues for its reform.

The Committee, which is chaired by Lord Richard, had been set up to sit for one Parliamentary session to examine the purpose, methodology and application of the Barnett Formula as a means of delivering funding for the devolved administrations of the UK. The Committee is this year's 'ad-hoc' committee in the Lords. An ad-hoc Committee is set up each year to look at a specific issue of interest to the House.

Lord Barnett will be asked to explain the original thinking behind the Barnett Formula as well as for his current views on why and how the Formula should be reformed.

The evidence session will take place at 4:30pm on Wednesday 28 January in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

  1. The evidence session is open to the public; journalists wishing to attend should access Parliament via St Stephen's Entrance where they will be directed towards the Committee Corridor. Please arrive in plenty of time to allow for security screening.
  2. An audio stream of the evidence session will be broadcast live at:
  3. The Committee have recently appointed the first of two Special Advisors to work with the Committee. They have appointed Alan Trench, Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, School of Law to advise on constitutional matters. The Committee will shortly appoint another Special Advisor to advise on economic aspects of the formula.
  4. For more information on the Lords Barnett Formula Committee please see: