House of Lords

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the House of Lords. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

18.12.2014Role of the Lord Chancellor
History and development of the office of Lord Chancellor. This note summarises the history and development of the office of Lord Chancellor and also examines the changes that were made to the role following the enactment of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.
10.07.2014House of Lords Reform (No 2) Bill 2013-14
The House of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill 2013-14 was a private Members' bill, which received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. It allows members of the House of Lords to retire or resign permanently. It also provides that members who did not attend and those convicted of serious offences should cease to be members of the House of Lords.
25.02.2014International Women's Day 2014: Background & Statistics
What are the trends for women's equality in the UK and across the globe? This document provides background statistics for International Women's Day 2014, examining international comparisons and UK-specific data. In the UK, women are 51% of the population but only 23% of MPs; 24% of judges and 17% of FTSE 100 Directors.
24.02.2014The Parliament Acts
This Standard Note sets out the procedures governing the use of the Parliament Acts of 1911 and 1949. It notes occasions when they have been used. It also reports on challenges to the validity of the Parliament Acts.
24.01.2014Ethnic Minorities in Politics and Government
Following the 2010 General Election there were 27 black and minority ethnic MPs, 12 more than before the election, but they make up only 4.2% of all MPs. Therefore the Commons remains disproportionate compared to 12.9% of the UK population from a non-white background.

Research Papers

04.07.2012House of Lords Reform Bill 2012-13
This Research Paper discusses the House of Lords Reform Bill 2012-13, placing it in the context of the previous draft bill and wider debates on the subject.
25.02.2010Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Committee stage report
There were some significant amendments during the Committee Stage of this Bill. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority was given control over setting Members' pay and pensions by amendments to the Parliamentary Standard Act 2009. There is to be a new Compliance Officer to investigate alleged misuse of Members' allowances; amendments would ensure that all MPs and peers would be liable to UK taxes; there would be a referendum on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote by 31 October 2011; and a new requirement on Returning Officers to begin election counts four hours after a general election poll closes.
04.12.2007House of Lords - Developments since January 2004
18.05.2004Parliamentary pay and allowances
Parliamentary pay and allowances. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/40. (Replaces Research Paper 03/64).
25.11.2003House of Lords developments since 2002
House of Lords: developments since 2002. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/85.

Select Committee Reports

26.03.2012Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee.
Procedure Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
22.03.2012House Committee (HL) third report on Grand Committee and Select Committee Resources.
House Committee (HL) report [Lords]
20.03.2012House of Lords Liaison Committee third report.
House of Lords Liaison Committee report [Lords]
01.11.2011Proposals arising from the Report of the Leader's Group on Working Practices.
Procedure Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
20.07.2011Information Select Committee (HL) first report on Annual Report 2010-11.
Information Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes the recommendations of the Tenth Report of the House of Lords Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee, published on 5 November, in respect of the draft Justification ...
That this House is dismayed by the report in the Guardian newspaper that the Noble Lord Jay, Chairman of the Lords Appointment Committee, has written to the Prime Minister warning that ...
That this House notes the appointment of a new Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to the House of Lords; further notes that the lead Minister for this ...
That this House congratulates the US corporate fraud prosecuting authorities upon the conviction of Conrad Black; notes the failure of the equivalent UK authorities to secure convictions ...
That this House notes the conviction in the United States of Lord Black of Crossharbour on charges of fraud and obstruction of justice; and believes that the rules for disqualification ...

Lords Library Notes

03.12.2014History of the House of Lords Library
This Library Note contains a brief history of the Library from its foundation in 1826 to the present day.
03.12.2014Select Committees in the House of Lords
This Library Note provides information on the work of select committees in the House of Lords. It gives historical background to the development of Lords select committees, as well as an overview of current select committee activity.
12.06.2014Membership of the House of Lords: Ethnicity, Religion and Disability
Members of the House of Lords are not required to provide information about their ethnicity, religious beliefs or any disabilities they may have. However, there is continued interest in the representativeness of the House, as currently composed. This Library Note provides background information on this subject: it summarises existing research on the representation in the House of Lords of minority ethnic groups, religions and disability, and sets out some of the challenges in collecting and interpreting this information.
27.03.2014Hereditary Peers in the House of Lords Since 1999
The House of Lords Act 1999 ended the centuries-old linkage between the hereditary peerage and membership of the House of Lords. The majority of hereditary Peers left the House of Lords in November 1999, but under a compromise arrangement, 92 of their number, known as 'excepted' hereditary Peers still sit in the House today.
07.03.2014House of Lords Reform (No 2) Bill (HL Bill 92 of 2013-14)
The House of Lords Reform (No 2) Bill is a private members' bill, which was introduced into the House of Commons on 19 June 2013. The Bill makes provision for retirement from the House of Lords, and for the expulsion of Members of the House of Lords in specified circumstances.
03.03.2014Women in the House of Lords
This Library Note provides background information on women in the House of Lords, including the history of women's membership, their contribution to the work of the House, and statistics on women's representation in the House.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses