House of Lords: Ministers - Lords Library Note

Published 14 May 2012 | Library notes LLN 2012/018

Authors: James Tobin

Topic: House of Lords, Members of the Lords, Ministers

This Note examines the role of Ministers in the House of Lords, including recent periods when departmental Secretaries sat in the upper House, and associated issues of accountability. It then considers the prospective future role of Ministers in the House in the context of the Draft Bill on the Reform of the House of Lords, including potential issues raised by the proposed ongoing presence of Ministers in a principally elected House and their method of appointment. Finally, the Note summarises the recent recommendations on the issue of Ministers in a reformed second chamber by the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill.

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