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House Committee: First Report

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 5 December 2007

rose to move, That the first report from the Select Committee be agreed to. (HL Paper 13)

The report can be found at http://www.publications. parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldselect/ldhouse/13/13.pdf

The noble Lord said: My Lords, the House Committee has over the past few months been reviewing the system of internal governance of the House of Lords. The noble Lords, Lord Hunt of Wirral and Lord Tordoff, kindly produced a report that covered the relationship between the House Committee and the domestic committees. The House Committee accepted the recommendation in the report that its terms of reference should be modified better to reflect its role as a non-executive strategic body overseeing the administration. It also accepted the report’s recommendation that the terms of reference of the other domestic committees should be amended to reflect the strategic role of the House Committee.

With reference to domestic committees, I draw your Lordships’ attention particularly to paragraph 7 of the report, which states that the domestic committees should,

“function primarily as user groups, actively canvassing the views of Members and providing a forum within which they can make complaints or suggestions about services”.

If this report is agreed to, these new terms of reference will come into effect immediately. I beg to move.

Moved, That the first report from the Select Committee be agreed to (HL Paper 13).—(The Chairman of Committees.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.