These notes refer to the House of Lords Reform Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 27 June 2012 [Bill 52]
3in certain cases where a vacancy has been filled). Like ordinary elected members,ordinary appointed members are to serve for three electoral periods (clause 13).Clauses 14 and 15 provide for the filling of vacancies and the length of term of areplacement appointed member who fills such a vacancy. The AppointmentsCommission is to recommend people for appointment on the basis of fair and opencompetition (clause 17), taking account of various criteria. Clause 18 provides for recommendations to be withdrawn where it appears that a person is disqualified.
Part 4 – Lords Spiritual
Clause 19 provides for the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester to be members of the House of Lords, to serve aslong as they hold those offices. Under clause 20 the Church of England may select amaximum of seven diocesan bishops as ordinary Lords Spiritual (or 16 and 11, fromexisting Lords Spiritual, in the first and second transitional periods (clause 21)).Ordinary Lords Spiritual are to serve for one electoral period, if selected prior to the beginning of an electoral period, or for the remainder of an electoral period, if selected during the course of an electoral period (though there is no limitation on thenumber of electoral periods for which they can serve). Clause 22 deals with the fillingof vacancies. Clause 23 details the circumstances in which a person ceases to becomea Lord Spiritual.
Part 5 – Ministerial Members
Clause 24 provides for the Prime Minister to appoint people who are not otherwisemembers of either House of Parliament to serve as ministerial members.
Part 6 – Transitional Members
Clause 25 and Schedule 7 make provision for transitional members. In the firsttransitional period the maximum number of transitional members is to be two thirds of the number of peers entitled to receive writs of summons to attend the House of Lordson 27 June 2012, the date of introduction of the Bill. In the second transitional periodthe maximum number is to be halved. They are to be selected from the transitionalmembers for the first period. Transitional members are to be chosen in accordancewith standing orders of the House of Lords.
Part 7 – Disqualification
This Part deals with the disqualification of members of the House of Lords. Clause 26sets out the circumstances in which members can become disqualified. These aremostly similar to those which apply to members of the House of Commons, coveringage (clause 26), nationality (clause 29), disqualifying office (clause 26 and Schedule8), insolvency (clause 30), imprisonment for a criminal offence (clause 32) andcorrupt electoral practice (clause 26). Previous membership of the House of Lords isalso a disqualifying ground under clause 26, with limited exceptions.16.
Where a member is disqualified under the insolvency ground, the serious offenceground or the ground of disqualification relating to corrupt and illegal practices under the Representation of the People Act 1983 and the insolvency order is annulled or the