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Debate on 12 December: Reducing the Size of the House of Lords

Published Monday, December 9, 2013

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.

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The Library Note contains information and statistics on the size of the House of Lords and the changing membership patterns over the last 20 years. The Note summarises some of the concerns over the present and possible future size of the House. The Note includes discussion of some of the proposals that have been put forward to reduce or manage the size of the House, including by the Leader’s Group on Members Leaving the House, the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee and through Bills currently before Parliament.

Lords Library notes LLN-2013-039

Author: Russell Taylor

Topics: House of Lords, Members of the Lords

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