House of Lords Reform: Chronology 1900-2010 - Lords Library Note

Published 21 July 2011 | Library notes LLN 2011/025

Amended 16 December 2011

Authors: Matthew Purvis

Topic: House of Lords, Members of Parliament, Members of the Lords, Parliamentary procedure

This Library Note provides a chronology of key developments in the reform of the House of Lords since 1900. It does not provide a comprehensive account of all reform proposals, but briefly summarises the context and outcome of significant proposals for reform of the composition and powers of the House in order to illustrate the shifting debate on the Lords over the last century. More detailed chronologies of recent reform proposals may be found in House of Lords Library Notes ‘Proposals for Reform of the Composition and Powers of the House of Lords, 1968–1998’ (July 1998, LLN 98/004) and ‘House of Lords Reform 1997–2010: A Chronology’ (June 2010, LLN 2010/015).

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