House of Lords history

House of Lords history

The House of Lords is an active, independent institution that has a key role in making and shaping laws and checking the work of the government

History of the Lords

The second chamber of Parliament is steeped in an eventful history which has shaped today’s House. Here are some key dates in the evolution of the House of Lords

House of Lords reform

Reform of the House of Lords is a topic of much debate following the publication of the government’s draft House of Lords Reform Bill

House of Lords building

Members of the House of Lords conduct their day to day business against a backdrop of grand neo-Gothic architecture and ornate Pugin designed interiors

Watch the Lords on Parliament TV

Watch all the action from the Lords' chamber and committees live on Parliament TV

Lords enquiry service

Contact the House of Lords enquiry service with general questions about the Lords:

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Lords publications

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Lords Hansard

Read the latest Lords Hansard for a detailed word by word report of the work in the chamber