HC Deb 26 November 2001 vol 375 c628W
Norman Baker

To ask the Prime Minister whether individuals appointed by him to the House of Lords to act as Ministers following further reforms will be expected to serve a minimum time in that capacity in order to qualify for life membership of the Chamber. [17972]

The Prime Minister

As the Government's White Paper on further reform of the House of Lords, "The House of Lords—Completing the Reform" (Cm 5291), makes clear, there will be no life membership of the second Chamber, other than as a transitional measure for existing life peers at the time that the reforms come into force.

The Government are consulting on the length of the terms for appointed members, with the choice being between terms of five, 10 or 15 years.