The House of Lords: A Chamber of Scrutiny

  • Donald Shell


The House of Lords is a chamber well suited to the activity of scrutiny. As the second chamber, not in the business of contesting power with the Government of the day, it is less driven by the demands of competitive party politics than the Commons. A substantial non-party or cross-bench element has been included within its active membership. And the experience and expertise of its membership is wide ranging.


Royal Commission Select Committee Active Membership Senior Civil Servant Draft Bill 
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