Work of the House of Lords 2016-17

In the last full parliamentary session (18 May 2016 to 27 April 2017), the House of Lords spent 141 days checking draft laws (bills), questioning and debating government action and investigating public policy.

Working on behalf of the UK public

Members use their professional experience and specialist knowledge carry out the House's work. In 2016-17:

  • 698 spoke in debates
  • 549 asked written questions
  • 172 asked oral questions
  • 185 put forward proposed changes to bills
  • 51 proposed a private member’s bill
  • 358 sat on committees.

Making effective laws

The Lords examines the detail of a bill, highlighting problems and closing loopholes. 33 bills became law in 2016-17 bills and members:

  • considered 5,185 changes
  • made 2,270 changes.

Holding government to account

The Lords questions government action, seeks information and debates topical issues and concerns. In 2016-17, members:

  • asked 7,380 questions
  • held 154 debates.

Investigating public policy

Members carry out investigative, subject-focused work through committees. In 2016-17:

  • work expanded with the impact of the EU referendum result and a new permanent international relations committee
  • the main six committees produced 41 reports
  • four one-off committees were set up to look into charities, financial exclusion, the Licensing Act 2003 and the NHS.

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