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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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The House of Lords is the second chamber of UK Parliament. It plays a crucial role in examining bills, questioning government action and investigating public policy. 

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Lords Enquiry Service and FAQs

House of Lords FAQs

The Lords Enquiry Service provides information on the role, work and membership of the House of Lords.

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

The telephone enquiry service is open from 10am - 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am - 4pm on Fridays. During recess, the hours are 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm Monday to Friday.

House of Lords Podcast and Lord Speaker's Corner

Listen and subscribe to the House of Lords Podcast for episodes of Lord Speaker's Corner and more insights into Parliament's second chamber

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65 years of life peerages

A debate in the House of Lords with members filling the benches

In July 65 years ago, the first life peers were announced following the passage of the Life Peerages Act 1958, paving the way for House of Lords members from a range of backgrounds, including the first women.

Find out more about members from the last 65 years in this new digital publication featuring items and artwowrks from Parliament's Archives and Heritage Collections.

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