History of the House of Lords

Guide to the key dates in the evolution of the House of Lords.

Taken from the Introduction to Parliament series which offers a brief guide to the history, role and procedure of the UK Parliament. They also provide links to some other resources that are available on the Parliamentary Website.

PDF material on this site

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Research Material

The House of Lords Library produces Library Notes on various subjects including:

An account of the main developments since the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999 House of Lords Reform Since 1999: A Chronology (PDF PDF 258 KB) (House of Lords Library Note, July 2006).

An account of the development of the Salisbury Doctrine and a summary of recent interpretations. Click on The Salisbury Doctrine  (PDF PDF 271 KB) (House of Lords Library Note, June 2006).

The House of Commons Library produces a series of Research Papers on different subjects. They are an occasional series of papers, numbered by year and sequence of publication, and usually deal with topics of current parliamentary interest.

Listed below are some of those that are relevant to What the Lords Does.

Related information

Additional material can be obtained from the House of Lords Information Office including the following.