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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
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Membership of the House of Lords: Ethnicity, Religion and Disability
Published Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Lords Library notes LLN-2014-017
Members of the House of Lords are not required to provide information about their ethnicity, religious beliefs or any disabilities they may have. However, there is continued interest in the representativeness of the House, as currently composed. This Library Note provides background information on this subject: it summarises existing research on the representation in the House of Lords of minority ethnic groups, religions and disability, and sets out some of the challenges in collecting and interpreting this information.
Hereditary Peers in the House of Lords Since 1999
Published Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Lords Library notes LLN-2014-014
The House of Lords Act 1999 ended the centuries-old linkage between the hereditary peerage and membership of the House of Lords. The majority of hereditary Peers left the House of Lords in November 1999, but under a compromise arrangement, 92 of their number, known as ‘excepted’ hereditary Peers still sit in the House today.
House of Lords Reform (No 2) Bill (HL Bill 92 of 2013–14)
Published Friday, March 7, 2014 | Lords Library notes LLN-2014-009
The House of Lords Reform (No 2) Bill is a private members’ bill, which was introduced into the House of Commons on 19 June 2013. The Bill makes provision for retirement from the House of Lords, and for the expulsion of Members of the House of Lords in specified circumstances.
Regional Representation in the House of Lords
Published Monday, February 10, 2014 | Lords Library notes LLN-2014-005
This Library Note provides statistics relating to the regions of the UK with which current Members of the House of Lords have connections.
Debate on 12 December: Reducing the Size of the House of Lords
Published Monday, December 9, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-039
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday, 12 December 2013 to take note of the case for reducing the size of the House of Lords.
House of Lords: Profile of Membership
Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-030
This Library Note provides background information about the age, membership and public positions held by Members of the House of Lords.
Maiden Speeches
Published Monday, October 7, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-025
This House of Lords Library Note provides the text of selected recent maiden speeches to illustrate the range of styles and subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution in the Chamber.
Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL]
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | Lords Library notes LLN-2013-016
This Library Note provides background information on the disqualification of Peers from voting at elections to the House of Commons, in anticipation of the second reading of Lord Dubs’ Private Member’s Bill on this issue on 5 July.
House of Lords: Reform of Working Practices, 2000-2012
Published Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-033
This Library Note summarises significant proposals to change working practices and procedures in the House of Lords.
Public Attitudes Towards the House of Lords and House of Lords Reform
Published Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-028
This Library Note provides information on public attitudes towards the House of Lords, and reform of the House, using the findings of various opinion polls.
Public Attitudes Towards the House of Lords and House of Lords Reform
Published Monday, May 28, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-021
This Library Note provides information on public attitudes towards the House of Lords, and reform of the House, using the findings of various opinion polls.
House of Lords: Ministers
Published Monday, May 14, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-018
This Library Note looks at the role of Ministers in the House of Lords in the context of current proposals for reform of the House.
Lord Steel of Aikwood's Private Member's Bills on House of Lords Reform
Published Friday, May 11, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-017
This Library Note provides background information on the Private Member’s Bills introduced by Lord Steel of Aikwood containing proposals to reform the membership of the House of Lords.
House of Lords Appointments Commission
Published Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-016
This Library Note provides background information on the House of Lords Appointments Commission, with emphasis on recent proposals to reform the Commission and proposals to place it on a statutory footing.
Joint Committee Report on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill: Reaction
Published Friday, April 27, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-015
This Library Note outlines the reaction from a range of commentators and organisations to the publication of the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill. It takes as its starting point the publication of the report on 23 April 2012 and does not include any commentary which pre-dates this report.
Bibliography on Lords Reform
Published Thursday, April 26, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-014
This Library Note summarises a selection of the literature published on the subject of Lords reform. It begins with broader material covering the subject as a whole, before focusing on more specific themes, including powers, composition, remuneration, and the relationship between the two Houses.
Delegated Legislation in the House of Lords since 2000
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-012
This Library Note provides information on the powers, conventions and practice of the House of Lords in dealing with delegated legislation.
Work of the House of Lords: Statistics
Published Friday, March 16, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-009
This House of Lords Library Note presents statistics from a variety of sources on the work of the House. Included are figures on membership, attendance, sitting days, length of sittings, non-legislative business, Bills and divisions.
Regional Representation in the House of Lords
Published Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | Lords Library notes LLN-2012-007
This Library Note provides statistics about the connections members of the House of Lords have with the regions and nations of the United Kingdom.
House of Lords: Expense Allowances and Costs
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-018
This House of Lords Library Note looks at the expense allowances that Peers have been able to claim since 1946. In particular, a chronology of key debates and motions is provided, as is a summary table of expense allowances. The second part of this Note provides a series of figures on the cost of the House of Lords since the Life Peerages Act 1958.

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