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The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is independent from, and complements the work of, the elected House of Commons. The Lords shares the task of making and shaping laws and checking and challenging the work of the government.
The House of Lords is made up of around 825 members from a variety of professions and walks of life
Bills start in either the House of Lords or House of Commons. They go through set stages of approval in both Houses before they become an Act of Parliament.
The Lords plays an important role in questioning the decisions and actions of the government through questions and debates
The House of Lords committees investigate public policy, proposed laws and government activity
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