Lords Reform Bill

13 May 2014

Both Houses have agreed on the text of the bill, and it now awaits Royal Assent, when the Bill will become an Act of Parliament. Royal Assent is scheduled to take place on 14 May.

Lords Reform Bill: second reading

Members outlined the key aims of the bill, including whether it should be possible to end membership of the House through a retirement scheme. They also debated whether members should be automatically expelled if they fail to attend House of Lords proceedings for a whole session of Parliament, or if they are convicted of a criminal offence.

Committee stage, line by line examination of the bill, is scheduled for 6 May.

House of Lords Reform (No.2) Bill summary

A bill to make provision for retirement from the House of Lords; and to make provision for the expulsion of members of the House of Lords in specified circumstances.

A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills. This private member’s bill was first introduced in the House of Commons.

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