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.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
20.05.2015Peerage Creations since 1997
This Standard Note provides details of appointments to the House of Lords from May 1997 to March 2015. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also includes a chronological list of all those appointed during this period.
26.03.2015Role 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.
12.03.2015House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL] 2014-15
The House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL] 2014-15 is a private Member's bill. It allows the House of Lords to make Standing Orders that enable a suspension to run beyond the end of a Parliament and would allow the House of Lords to expel members for reasons other than non-attendance or being sentenced to over a year in prison (as provided for in the House of Lords Reform Act 2014).
03.03.2015International Women's Day 2015: Background and 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 2015, examining international comparisons and UK-specific data.
16.01.2015Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill 2014-15 [Bill 143 2014-15]
This Note describes the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill 2014-15 and places it in context
12.01.2015House of Lords Reform - developments in the 2010 Parliament
Since the Government's decision in the summer of 2012 to withdraw the House of Lords Reform Bill 2012-13, it has supported provisions in the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 to allow members of the House of Lords to resign, and to require those who do not attend and those convicted of serious offences to cease to be members.
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.
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.
15.11.2012Ministers in the House of Lords
This note considers how the number of ministers and Cabinet ministers in the House of Lords has changed in recent history. It considers briefly the accountability arrangements for the latter and it looks at the appointment of 'outside' ministerial appointments to the Lords.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
21.05.2015House of Lords: Maiden and Valedictory Speeches, 2010-2015
The first and last speeches made by a Member of the House of Lords are significant occasions and, by tradition, are marked with respect by the House.
20.05.2015Peerage Creations since 1997
This House of Lords Library Note provides details of appointments to the House of Lords since May 1997. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under the Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also includes a chronological list of all those appointed during this period. The information is correct as 30 March 2015, when the 2010 Parliament was dissolved.
25.03.2015House of Lords Reform 2010-15
This Note provides a summary of the proposals for reform of the House of Lords that were made during the 2010-15 parliament.
19.03.2015Principal Office Holders in the House of Lords
This Library Note provides a short overview of the role and functions of some of the key office holders in the House of Lords.
13.02.2015Retirement from the House of Lords
This Note discusses the development of retirement provisions in the House of Lords, and considers additional proposals put forward by forums such as that have been raised by the Leader's Group on Member's Leaving the House and the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee (for example, the possibility of introducing a compulsory retirement age). The Note also contains brief analysis and information on the eight Members that have taken voluntary retirement so far.
09.02.2015The Governance and Administration of the House of Lords
This Note sets out how the House of Lords is structured, governed and managed, including joint working with the House of Commons.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
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

DateDescription
16.11.2010DRAFT STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS ON NUCLEAR JUSTIFICATION
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 ...
02.07.2009CONDUCT OF LORD JAY AND THE LORDS APPOINTMENT COMMITTEE
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 ...
07.10.2008GOVERNMENT MINISTERS IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS
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 ...
12.12.2007FRAUD PROSECUTIONS
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 ...
11.12.2007CONDUCT OF LORD BLACK OF CROSSHARBOUR AND MEMBERSHIP OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS
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 ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses