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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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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
The appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords (updated November 2007). LLN 2007/008
Published Thursday, November 15, 2007 | Lords Library notes LLN-2007-008
The appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords. House of Lords Library Note 2007/008.
House of Lords Reform since 1997: a chronology (updated October 2007). LLN 2007/005
Published Monday, October 8, 2007 | Lords Library notes LLN-2007-005
House of Lords reform since 1997: a chronology (updated October 2007). House of Lords Library Note 2007/005.
Peerage creations 1958-2007. LLN 2007/004
Published Friday, October 5, 2007 | Lords Library notes LLN-2007-004
Peerage creations 1958-2005. House of Lords Library Note 2007/004.
Divisions on delegated legislation in the House of Lords 1950-1999 LLN 2000/001
Published Tuesday, January 25, 2000 | Lords Library notes LLN-2000-001
This Library Note charts developments in votes on delegated legislation in the House of Lords between 1950 and 1999.
Proposals for Reform of the Composition and Powers of the House of Lords, 1968-1998
Published Wednesday, July 1, 1998 | Lords Library notes LLN-1998-004
This Library Note sets out in summary form major proposals since 1968 for reform of the composition and powers of the House of Lords.

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