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

Lords enquiry service

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

  • Telephone: 0800 223 0855 (Freephone) or 020 7219 3107
  • Email: hlinfo@parliament.uk
  • Text Relay: 18001 7219 3107