I thought this week I would pose a different type of question. The House of Lords has become more specialised in recent years, making greater use of committees and moving away from reliance on the chamber. Committee work for many peers is both more time-cosuming and rewarding than being in the chamber. The work of the committees ensures that the House is well informed and in a better position to influence public policy.
The House Magazine used to host an annual awards ceremony. One of the awards was for Committee of the Year. I thought I would resuscitate the award and invite readers to nominate which committee in the House of Lords they believe has been the best committee in the House – and why.
The Committees are the Communications Committee, the Constitution Committee, the Delegated Powers Committee, the Economic Affairs Committee, the European Union Committee, the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee, the Science and Technology Committee, and (extending beyond the House) the Joint Committee on Human Rights; though readers are also welcome to nominate a specific sub-committee of the EU Committee or one of the ad hoc committees of recent years (such as the Committee on the Barnett Formula).
The award will go to the committee receiving the most nominations. However, as an incentive to readers, all those nominating a committee will be treated as quiz winners – in other words, only needing to win two other quizzes (rather than three) in order to be grand prize-winners and be invited to tea at the Lords.