A list of 45 new peerages was announced today. You can see the full list here. As it is a dissolution honours list, there is an emphasis on rewarding those who have undertaken political service. It is usual to offer peerages to those who have held Cabinet office, not least those who have held one of the great offices of state, such as William Hague and David Blunkett. There are some in the list who are not politicians, such as a former student of mine, Kevin Shinkwin, who has been active in promoting disability rights since he graduated. However, much of the discussion about the new creations has focused on the size of the House. The latest list adds to the size, though offset to some degree by those members who have resigned from the House under the terms of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014. On a post on my blog, I have discussed the issue of the size of the House. It is an important issue, one that we continue to address, but it should be seen in perspective. We need to ensure that we draw in people of expertise and experience, from a wide range of fields (engineers, scientists, and the like), while also working towards achieving a House that is smaller in membership than the House of Commons.