Rotation rule

40.10In order to secure a regular turnover of membership, a ‘rotation rule’1 operates in the case of most committees, whereby Lords Members who have been appointed (or co-opted) for a given number of successive sessions (or parts of sessions) may not be reappointed in the following two sessions.

Save for the exceptions below, all committees of the House are subject to a three-session rotation rule; the three sessions may be extended to allow a Lords Member appointed as Chairman a three-session term as Chairman.

The following committees, which meet only rarely, are exempt from any rotation rule: the Joint Committee on Consolidation etc Bills, the Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills, the Committee for Privileges and Conduct, the Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee and the Hybrid Instruments Committee.2

The Lord Speaker, Leaders, Chief Whips, Deputy Chief Whips3, Convenor of the Crossbench Peers, Senior Deputy Speaker and chairman of the European Union Committee are exempt from the rotation rule.

Lords who leave a committee under the rotation rule are eligible for reappointment after the lapse of two full sessions. Select committees apply the rotation rule to their sub-committees. The rotation rule applies to the European Union Committee and its sub-committees as a whole.

The rotation rule is based on the duration of a session being approximately 12 months. If a session lasts for a significantly longer or shorter period, the Committee of Selection may consider making ad hoc adjustments to the rotation rule.4

Footnotes

  1. Procedure Committee, First Report of Session 2005–06, HL 26; LJ (2005–06) 187; Procedure Committee, Fifth Report of Session 2013–14, HL 167 (2013–14); LJ (2013–14) 1814.
  2. Procedure Committee, First Report of Session 2005–06, HL 26; LJ (2005–06) 187.
  3. Procedure Committee, First Report of Session 2008–09, HL 39; LJ (2008–09) 285.
  4. Procedure Committee, Fifth Report of Session 2013–14, HL 167; LJ (2013–14) 1814.