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Next chair of the Lords Appointment Commission announced

28th July 2008

The Prime Minister has today announced that Lord Jay of Ewelme has been appointed as the new Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

Following a pre-appointment scrutiny hearing by the Public Administration Committee on 22nd July, Lord Jay will take up this appointment from October 1st 2008.

The Prime Minister said:

“Michael Jay will bring to this role his extensive experience of both the public and private sectors. He will also provide the personal independence essential for this post.”

The Public Administration Select Committee pre-appointment scrutiny report states:

“We are satisfied that Lord Jay has the professional competence and personal independence required for the post of Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. We therefore welcome his nomination and encourage the Prime Minister to make the appointment. We wish Lord Jay every success in his new post.”

Commenting on his appointment, Lord Jay said:

“I believe that an effective second chamber is a vital part of our democracy, as is the appointments process, particularly with the prospect of further reform. I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners to ensure that future appointments continue to enhance the effectiveness and reputation of the House of Lords.”

Notes to Editors

  1. Media enquiries about the work of the House of Lords Appointments Commission should go to Maggie O'Boyle on 07880 740627.
  2. Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG has been a crossbench peer since 2006 and served as the Prime Minister's Personal Representative to the G8 summits from 2005-2006. He was Permanent Under Secretary to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service from 2002-2006. Prior to that he was the British Ambassador to France. Lord Jay is also Chair of Merlin, a medical charity and Vice Chair of Business for New Europe.
  3. The appointment was made under OCPA rules. The posts of Chair and members of the House of Lords Appointments Commission were advertised in April 2008. The process for the appointment of members is ongoing.
  4. Further information on the Appointments Commission can be obtained from www.lordsappointments.gov.uk. The Appointments Commission is a non-statutory advisory body set up by the Prime Minister to make recommendations for non-party-political peerages. The Commission's remit is to find people of distinction who will bring authority and expertise to the House of Lords. The Commission recommends individuals on merit and their ability to contribute effectively to the work of the House.