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Displaying 61-80 out of 85

Financial Support for Members of the House of Lords
Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-039
This Library Note outlines the development of expense allowances payable to members of the House of Lords, and provides statistics on their rates and overall cost.
House of Lords: Religious Representation
Published Friday, November 25, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-036
This Library Note considers the current role of the Bishops in the House of Lords, and religious representation in the House generally in the context of the Government’s proposals for reform.
Public Attitudes Towards the House of Lords and House of Lords Reform
Published Friday, November 11, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-034
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.
Delegated Legislation in the House of Lords since 2000
Published Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-031
This Library Note provides information on the powers, conventions and practice of the House of Lords in dealing with delegated legislation.
House of Lords Reform: Chronology 1900-2010
Published Thursday, July 21, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-025
This Library Note provides a chronology of key developments in the reform of the House of Lords since 1900.
House of Lords Reform Draft Bill (Updated June 2011)
Published Thursday, June 16, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-021
This Library Note considers the Government’s white paper and draft Bill on House of Lords Reform and subsequent reaction.
House of Lords Reform Draft Bill
Published Friday, May 20, 2011 | Lords Library notes LLN-2011-018
This Library Note considers the Government’s white paper and draft Bill on House of Lords Reform.
Maiden Speeches LLN 2010/019
Published Friday, August 20, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-019
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. It also includes an index of Members’ maiden speeches in the Lords since 2006.
House of Lords reform 1997–2010: a chronology. LLN 2010/015
Published Monday, June 28, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-015
House of Lords reform 1997–2010: a chronology This House of Lords Library Note sets out in summary form the principal developments in House of Lords reform under the Labour Government of 1997–2010
Possible implications of House of Lords reform LLN 2010/014
Published Friday, June 25, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-014
Possible Implications of House of Lords Reform: The purpose of this House of Lords Library Note is to consider the possible consequences of House of Lords reform. An implicit assumption in the Note is that future proposals to reform the Lords will be based on a fully or mainly elected Second Chamber. The major focus of the Note concerns the impact of such reform upon the House itself, its relationship with the House of Commons and Government, but also with the electorate and society more generally.
House of Lords Reform since 1997: a chronology (updated March 2010). LLN 2010/009
Published Friday, March 19, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-009
House of Lords Reform Since 1997: a chronology (updated March 2010) This House of Lords Library Note sets out in summary form the principal developments in House of Lords reform since the 1997 General Election.
Ceremonial in the House of Lords. LLN 2010/007
Published Friday, March 5, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-007
Ceremonial in the House of Lords. This Library Note focuses on the principal ceremonies that take place in the House of Lords, including the State Opening, presenting the Speaker of the House of Commons, Royal Assent, prorogation and dissolution, and the Introduction of peers. It also describes the role of Royal Commissions, the roles of the Earl Marshal and the Lord Great Chamberlain, other notable ceremonies (the Lord Speaker’s Procession and presentation of an Address to the Sovereign) and finally looks at proposals for reform.
The Appellate Jurisdiction of the House of Lords (Updated November 2009). LLN 2009/010
Published Friday, November 20, 2009 | Lords Library notes LLN-2009-010
The Appellate Jurisdiction of the House of Lords (Updated November 2009). House of Lords Library Note 2009/010 From 1st October 2009 the appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords was transferred to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. This Library Note gives an account of the history of the appellate jurisdiction, its functioning in practice and describes the Supreme Court.
The Weatherill Amendment: Elected Hereditary Peers (updated October 2009)
Published Friday, October 23, 2009 | Lords Library notes LLN-2009-008
The House of Lords Bill 1998–99 sought to abolish the right of all hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords, and represented the most significant attempt to reform the House for some years. During the Lords consideration of the Bill, Lord Weatherill moved an amendment to allow 92 hereditary peers to remain as Members of the House. Thus the amendment, which was accepted in both Houses and became part of the House of Lords Act 1999, has become known as the ‘Weatherill amendment’. This Library Note provides a history of the amendment and outlines developments since 1999.
House of Lords Reform since 1997: a chronology (updated July 2009). LLN 2009/007
Published Friday, July 31, 2009 | Lords Library notes LLN-2009-007
House of Lords reform since 1997: a chronology (updated July 2009). House of Lords Library Note 2009/007.
History of the House of Lords Library. LLN 2009/005
Published Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | Lords Library notes LLN-2009-005
History of the House of Lords Library. House of Lords Library Note 2009/005
Peerage creations 1958-2008. LLN 2008/019
Published Thursday, July 24, 2008 | Lords Library notes LLN-2008-019
This Note presents detailed information on all peerage creations since the first list of life peers was published on 24th July 1958. It updates earlier Notes to the situation at 24th July 2008.
House of Lords Reform since 1997: a chronology (updated July 2008). LLN 2008/018
Published Friday, July 4, 2008 | Lords Library notes LLN-2008-018
House of Lords reform since 1997: a chronology (updated July 2008). House of Lords Library Note 2008/018.
The Life Peerages Act 1958. LLN 2008/011
Published Monday, April 21, 2008 | Lords Library notes LLN-2008-011
The Life Peerages Act 1958. House of Lords Library Note 2008/011
The Weatherill amendment (updated November 2007). LLN 2007/009
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2007 | Lords Library notes LLN-2007-009
The Weatherill amendment. House of Lords Library Note 2007/009

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