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Published Friday, August 20, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-019
This House of Lords Library Note provides the text of selected
recent maiden speeches to illustrate the range of styles and
subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution in
the Chamber. It also includes an index of Members’ maiden
speeches in the Lords since 2006.
House of Lords reform 1997–2010: a chronology. LLN 2010/015
Published Monday, June 28, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-015
House of Lords reform 1997–2010: a chronology
This House of Lords Library Note sets out in summary form the principal developments in House of Lords reform under the Labour Government of 1997–2010
Possible implications of House of Lords reform
Published Friday, June 25, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-014
Possible Implications of House of Lords Reform:
The purpose of this House of Lords Library Note is to consider
the possible consequences of House of Lords reform. An
implicit assumption in the Note is that future proposals to reform the Lords will be based on a fully or mainly elected Second Chamber. The major focus of the Note concerns the impact of such reform upon the House itself, its relationship with the House of Commons and Government, but also with the electorate and society more generally.
Ceremonial in the House of Lords.
Published Friday, March 5, 2010 | Lords Library notes LLN-2010-007
Ceremonial in the House of Lords.
This Library Note focuses on the principal ceremonies that take place in the House of Lords, including the State Opening,
presenting the Speaker of the House of Commons, Royal Assent, prorogation and dissolution, and the Introduction of
peers. It also describes the role of Royal Commissions, the
roles of the Earl Marshal and the Lord Great Chamberlain, other notable ceremonies (the Lord Speaker’s Procession and
presentation of an Address to the Sovereign) and finally looks
at proposals for reform.
The Appellate Jurisdiction of the House of Lords (Updated November 2009).
Published Friday, November 20, 2009 | Lords Library notes LLN-2009-010
The Appellate Jurisdiction of the House of
Lords (Updated November 2009).
House of Lords Library Note 2009/010
From 1st October 2009 the appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords was transferred to the Supreme Court of the United
Kingdom under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. This
Library Note gives an account of the history of the appellate
jurisdiction, its functioning in practice and describes the
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.
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.