New guide to how the Lords works published

02 September 2010

A new edition of ‘The work of the House of Lords’ has been published. The updated handbook uses business from the 2009-10 parliamentary session to provide a guide to what the Lords and its Members do.

The House of Lords and its Members share responsibility for making laws and keeping an eye on government decisions and actions as one half of the UK’s bicameral parliamentary system. This latest guide to the Lords focuses on the contribution of individual Members to provide insight, facts and statistics about work inside the House, including questioning the government, making laws and examining public policy in committee sessions.
For the first time this edition also covers work Members do outside the House in two new sections on outreach activities and international engagements.

Outreach aims to connect the public with Members of the Lords and their work through activities that enable Members to meet and interact with communities and individuals across the UK. It includes the Peers in Schools programme and House of Lords Chamber events, as well as online engagement through Lords of the Blog.

Meeting and engaging with their counterparts from other countries allows Members to share their expertise in a wider context and exchange knowledge and experiences on issues that affect the international community. Through these activities the House of Lords plays an important role in fostering relationships that support and strengthen other parliaments and democracies. 

Further information

Copies of previous editions of ‘The work of the House of Lords’ are also available to download.

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