FACTS AND FIGURES : Composition of the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee

The Political Honours Scrutiny Committee (PHSC) was established in 1923 and comprised of three members. Since 2002, it has been known as the Honours Scrutiny Committee. Harold Macmillan said in the House of Commons in 1959 about the committee:

“This Committee was instituted in 1923, in accordance with the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Honours, to advise the Prime Minister of the day whether individuals whose names are to be submitted for honours for political services are fit and proper persons to be so recommended.”


1923-1923 : Lord Dunedin

1923-1923 : Viscount Ullswater

1923-1924 : Lord Mildmay

1923-1925 : Sir E Cecil

1924-1925 : T Richards

1924-1929 : Lord Buckmaster

1925-1925 : W Nicholson

1925-1929 : Lord Merrivale

1925-1934 : Viscount Novar

1929-1938 : G Barnes

1929-1952 : Lord Macmillan

1934-1945 : Marquis of Crewe

1938-1949 : Lord Rushcliffe

1945-1949 : J Clynes

1949-1959 : Viscount Templewood

1949-1961 : Lord Pethick-Lawrence

1952-1954 : Lord Asquith

1954-1961 : Viscount Thurso

1959-1961 : Lord Crookshank

1961-1962 : C Davies

1961-1967 : Lord Williams

1961-1976 : Lord Crathorne

1962-1976 : Lord Rea

1967-1976 : Baroness Summerskill

1976-1992 : Lord Shackleton

1976-1987 : Lord Franks

1976-1987 : Lord Carr

1987-1992 : Lord Grimond

1987-1999 : Lord Pym

1992-2001 : Lord Cledwyn

1992- : Lord Thomson of Monifieth