to scrutinise certain candidates added to the Honours Lists, such as those nominated for political services as well as anyone added at a late stage.
The Commission was established in May 2000 to assist the transitional arrangements for reform of the House of Lords. The role of the Prime Minister in making non-partisan recommendations to the Queen for creation of life peerages was transferred to the Commission, in order to ensure greater transparency in the process. It was also given oversight of all other appointments to the Lords, including partisan nominations.
The Commission has non-partisan members as well as representatives from the House of Lords of the three largest political parties. The members of the Commission are—