Retirement from the House of Lords
Published Friday, February 13, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-005
This Note discusses the development of retirement provisions in the House of Lords, and considers additional proposals put forward by forums such as that have been raised by the Leader’s Group on Member’s Leaving the House and the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee (for example, the possibility of introducing a compulsory retirement age). The Note also contains brief analysis and information on the eight Members that have taken voluntary retirement so far.
Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill (HL Bill 87 of 2014–15)
Published Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | Lords Library notes LLN-2015-002
The Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill would introduce time limited provisions to enable female diocesan bishops to be fast-tracked into the House of Lords as members of the Lords Spiritual. This Library Note provides a brief summary of the process by which English diocesan bishops are appointed to the House of Lords. It then discusses the provisions of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill and the Bill’s House of Commons Stages.
Size of the House of Lords
Published Friday, December 19, 2014 | Lords Library notes LLN-2014-045
As at 16 December 2014, the total membership of the House of Lords was 847. However, excluding those currently ineligible to sit (such as members on leave of absence or those holding particular posts), the ‘actual’ membership was 791. The average attendance of the House of Lords in the 2013–14 session was 497.
History of the House of Lords Library
Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | Lords Library notes LLN-2014-041
This Library Note contains a brief history of the Library from its foundation in 1826 to the present day.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.