Committee for Privileges and Conduct

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The Committee for Privileges and Conduct is a select committee of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The committee considers issues relating to the privileges of the House of Lords and its members, as well as having oversight for its members' conduct. The Committee for Privileges and Conduct is made up of sixteen members of the House, two of which must be former holders of high judicial office.


The committee is presided over by the Chairman of Committees and consists of sixteen peers. Generally, at least two members must be former holders of high judicial office.[1] When deliberating on claimed or abeyant peerages, membership of at least three sitting judges is required, who enjoy the same voting and speaking rights as ordinary members.[2][3]

Current membership[edit]

As of July 2016, the membership of the committee is as follows:[4]

Member Party
Lord Laming (Chairman) Chairman of Committees
Lord Bassam of Brighton Labour
Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood Crossbench
Lord Dear Crossbench
Lord Eames Crossbench
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park Conservative
Lord Hope of Craighead Crossbench
Lord Irvine of Lairg Labour
Baroness Jay of Paddington Labour
Lord Mackay of Clashfern Conservative
Lord Newby Liberal Democrats
Baroness Smith of Basildon Labour
Lord Taylor of Holbeach Conservative
Viscount Ullswater Conservative
Lord Wallace of Tankerness Liberal Democrats
Lord Young of Cookham Conservative

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Committee for Privileges - role". UK Parliament. n.d. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Select Committee on Privileges First Report: Appendix 4 (6)". UK Parliament. 2000. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Committee for Privileges". UK Parliament. n.d. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Committee for Privileges membership

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