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Size of the House of Lords

Published Friday, December 19, 2014

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.

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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.

This Note contains information and statistics on the changing membership of the House of Lords, and covers discussions and debates over the size of the House. It also briefly outlines the changes made by the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.

Lords Library notes LLN-2014-045

Author: Russell Taylor

Topics: House of Lords, Members of the Lords

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