Four peers have died this month and new appointments announced. In recent weeks, the deaths have been announced of peers who have served the crown (Lord Moore of Wolvercote, former Private Secretary to the Queen), Parliament (Lord Dean of Harptree, who had served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons), the law (Lord Slynn of Hadley, a former Law Lord) and the Bank of England (Lord George, Governor 1993-2003). Lord Dean in particular was an active member, managing to attend until shortly before his death.
The House will shortly be welcoming two new members, although their time in the House will be brief. This is because they are both Law Lords, and from October they will decant to the new Supreme Court. They are Lord Justice Lawrence Collins, a Justice of the Court of Appeal, and Sir Brian Kerr, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland. Lord Justice Collins will be introduced, as Lord Collins of Mapesbury, next Tuesday.
We shall also be welcoming another judge, the Master of the Rolls, Sir Anthony Clarke. He is being made a life peer. It is not unusual for the Master of the Rolls, as well as the Lord Chief Justice, to be elevated to the peerage.