Public Administration Select Committee: Press Notices

13 July 2009


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will this week take evidence from Lord Jay of Ewelme, Chair of the House of Lords Appointment Commission (HOLAC).

HOLAC is an independent, advisory body, which was established by the Prime Minister in May 2000. It has two main functions:

• to recommend individuals for appointment as non-party-political life peers

• to vet nominations for life peers, including those nominated by the UK political parties, to ensure the  highest standards of propriety.

HOLAC’s work is subject to regular scrutiny by PASC. Lord Jay first gave evidence to PASC a year ago shortly before taking up post as Chair of HOLAC. This session is an opportunity to question him on his first year in office, as well as to explore other current issues of concern relating to appointments to the House of Lords.

The session will be held on Thursday 16 July, at 10.00am in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster.


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) (Bridgwater), 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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