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House of Lords: Ministers

Published Monday, May 14, 2012

This Library Note looks at the role of Ministers in the House of Lords in the context of current proposals for reform of the House.

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This Note examines the role of Ministers in the House of Lords, including recent periods when departmental Secretaries sat in the upper House, and associated issues of accountability. It then considers the prospective future role of Ministers in the House in the context of the Draft Bill on the Reform of the House of Lords, including potential issues raised by the proposed ongoing presence of Ministers in a principally elected House and their method of appointment. Finally, the Note summarises the recent recommendations on the issue of Ministers in a reformed second chamber by the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill.

Lords Library notes LLN-2012-018

Author: James Tobin

Topics: House of Lords, Members of the Lords, Ministers

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