This House of Lords Library briefing provides updated data on the size and composition of the House of Lords in preparation for the 5 December 2016 debate on the size of the House.Jump to full report >>
This House of Lords Library briefing provides summary data on the size and composition of the House of Lords in preparation for the 5 December 2016 debate on the size of the House. As well as including figures on the size and composition of the House, it provides brief information on age, gender and those leaving or joining the House. The information in the briefing is correct as at 28 November 2016, and is taken from the House of Lords registry database. The briefing refers to ‘actual membership’ and ‘absolute membership’. The absolute membership of the House includes all Members that may, at a point, exercise their right to sit in the House (this includes those currently disqualified from sitting). Actual membership includes those Members who are currently eligible to sit (eg this does not include those on leave of absence or those disqualified due to holding certain offices).
As at 28 November 2016:
The composition of the House, as at 28 November 2016, is set out in the following graph:
Further information on the size and composition of the House, including commentary and debates on the subject, can be found in the House of Lords Library briefing, Size of the House of Lords (29 January 2016). In addition, Members may be interested in the following Lords Library briefings on the House:
Lords In Focus LIF-2016-0064
Author: Russell Taylor
Topic: House of Lords
The House of Lords Library delivers research and information services to Members and staff of the House in support of parliamentary business.