This paper provides details and links for ministerial statements and parliamentary debates (from both Houses of Parliament) that cover international affairs and defence.
Lord Speaker’s committee on the size of the House
The Lord Speaker’s committee on the size of the House was established on 20 December 2016 to explore methods by which the size of the House of Lords can be reduced, commensurate with its current role and functions. The report of the committee was published on 31 October 2017.
Read: the Commons Library Briefing Paper House of Lords Reform in the 2017 Parliament
On 23 June 2020, the House approved the establishment of an Independent Expert Panel to consider cases against MPs raised under the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme. On 24 November 2020, it will be asked to approve the eight members of the Independent Expert Panel.
The House debated the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy Programme Team’s Delivery Report on 19 July 2018 and agreed a new parliament-wide Behaviour Code. Procedures for making complaints and obtaining support have been put in place. This briefing note reviews the debate, the report, the background to it and subsequent developments. Inquiries by Dame Laura Cox and Gemma White, and the implementation of their recommendations are also discussed.