This House of Lords Library briefing presents a range of information about the membership of the House of Lords as the House was composed on Friday 11 March 2016.Jump to full report >>
Key findings include:
Section one includes tables which detail the composition of the House. Table 1.1 details the composition of the House by party/group affiliation and membership type; Table 1.2 by party/group affiliation and gender; and Table 1.3 by type of peerage and gender.
Section two provides information about the age profile of the House. Table 2.1 provides a snapshot of the membership of the whole House by age bands. Table 2.2 breaks this information down by party/group affiliation. Table 2.3 lists those Members aged under 50; and Table 2.4 lists those Members aged 90 and over. Table 2.5 lists those Members who were aged under 40 when they received a life peerage.
Section three includes tables which list various categories of current Members by length of membership of the House. Table 3.1 lists the 50 longest continuously serving Members of the House who were eligible to participate in the proceedings of the House as at 11 March 2016. Table 3.2 lists life Peers who had served as Members of the House for 30 years or more as at this date; and Table 3.3 lists all female Peers who have served as Members of the House for 20 years or more.
Section four directs interested readers to the House of Lords Library briefing Membership of the House of Lords: Ethnicity, Religion and Disability (12 June 2014) for further information on this subject area.
This briefing updates the House of Lords Library Note House of Lords: Profile of Membership (2 June 2015), which provided background information on the membership and age profile of the House of Lords, together with information on the public positions held by Members, as the House was composed on 30 March 2015—the date on which the 2010–15 Parliament was dissolved.
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