Following the debate on the size of the House of Lords on 5 December, the Lord Speaker has today announced the establishment of a cross-party Lord Speaker’s committee of backbench peers to explore methods by which the size of the House can be reduced, commensurate with its current role and functions. The committee will be chaired by Lord Burns. Lord Beith, Baroness Browning, Baroness Crawley, Baroness Taylor of Bolton and Lord Wakeham have also agreed to serve on the committee.
The Lord Speaker has asked the committee to examine practical and politically viable options that might lead to progress on this issue; analyse their implications; and set out any outstanding questions that may need to be answered in order for any proposals to command broad consensus across the House. The committee will then offer advice to the Lord Speaker as to potential next steps.