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Michael Martin

Asked about Speakers getting peerages, the PMS said that there was a motion passed by the whole of the House, which was uncontested, that The Queen should make an appropriate gesture to mark Mr Martin s service to the public. The longstanding convention has been that Speakers get a peerage.

Asked if the Prime Minister communicated the fact that he received a letter from the House of Lords saying that there would be problems giving Michael Martin a peerage, the PMS said that that was the journalist s interpretation of their advice and that he was not going to get into the specifics; there was a long-established convention that previous Speakers received peerages, there had been an uncontested motion that went through the House and The Queen had decided to grant Michael Martin a peerage.

Asked if the Prime Minister was prepared for the letter to be published, the PMS said that the normal convention was that the advice of the House of Lords Appointment Commission was kept private.

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