Members of the Lords

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on members of the House of Lords. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
16.07.2015Women in Parliament and Government
191 women MPs were elected at the 2015 General Election, 29% of all MPs and a record high. Prior to 1987 women had never been more than 5% of MPs. 450 women have been elected to the Commons since 1918, nine less than the current number of male MPs.
20.05.2015Peerage Creations since 1997
This Standard Note provides details of appointments to the House of Lords from May 1997 to March 2015. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also includes a chronological list of all those appointed during this period.
12.03.2015House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL] 2014-15
The House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL] 2014-15 is a private Member's bill. It allows the House of Lords to make Standing Orders that enable a suspension to run beyond the end of a Parliament and would allow the House of Lords to expel members for reasons other than non-attendance or being sentenced to over a year in prison (as provided for in the House of Lords Reform Act 2014).
12.01.2015House of Lords Reform - developments in the 2010 Parliament
Since the Government's decision in the summer of 2012 to withdraw the House of Lords Reform Bill 2012-13, it has supported provisions in the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 to allow members of the House of Lords to resign, and to require those who do not attend and those convicted of serious offences to cease to be members.
10.07.2014House of Lords Reform (No 2) Bill 2013-14
The House of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill 2013-14 was a private Members' bill, which received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. It allows members of the House of Lords to retire or resign permanently. It also provides that members who did not attend and those convicted of serious offences should cease to be members of the House of Lords.
15.11.2012Ministers in the House of Lords
This note considers how the number of ministers and Cabinet ministers in the House of Lords has changed in recent history. It considers briefly the accountability arrangements for the latter and it looks at the appointment of 'outside' ministerial appointments to the Lords.
04.07.2012House of Lords Statistics
This note provides summary statistics on the composition and activity of the House of Lords.
03.11.2011PIL: MPs and Peers with Dual Mandates
Dual mandate is the term used to describe those MPs and Peers who, in addition to their seat in the United Kingdom Parliament, also hold a seat in the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLAs), the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) or the National Assembly for Wales (AMs).
02.06.2011Reform of the House of Lords: the Coalition Agreement and further developments
This note outlines the proposals for House of Lords reform contained in the Coalition Agreement, including those for the preparation of a draft Bill to create a fully or mainly elected House. Initial announcements stated that the draft Bill would be published in December 2010 but more recent statements have indicated that it will not be published until the New Year.
28.02.2011The House of Lords Appointments Commission
This note sets out the role of the Commission in more detail. It also summarises the conclusions of the December 2007 Public Administration Select Committee report, Propriety and Peerages.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
05.01.2016Delegated Legislation in the House of Lords since 1997
This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of delegated legislation in the House of Lords since 1997.
24.08.2015Customs and Traditions in the House of Lords
This Library Note describes a selection of the customs and traditions, rules of behaviour and courtesies of the House of Lords. It illustrates the key ceremonies in the House of Lords, including the State Opening of Parliament, and highlights some of the less-known traditions. The Note also identifies changes that have taken place in recent decades, highlighting the way customs and traditions evolve over time.
30.06.2015Women in the House of Lords
This Note provides a short history of women in the House of Lords, looking at the events which led to the first female Peers being permitted to sit in the House. It provides a list of 'firsts' for women in the House of Lords, and a list of women who have held significant office in the House.
02.06.2015House of Lords: Profile of Membership
This Library Note provides background information about the membership and age profile of the House of Lords, together with information on the public positions held by Members, as the House was composed on 30 March 2015-the date on which the 2010-15 Parliament was dissolved.
21.05.2015House of Lords: Maiden and Valedictory Speeches, 2010-2015
The first and last speeches made by a Member of the House of Lords are significant occasions and, by tradition, are marked with respect by the House.
20.05.2015Peerage Creations since 1997
This House of Lords Library Note provides details of appointments to the House of Lords since May 1997. It provides tables showing the numbers appointed under the Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron, broken down by party affiliation at the time of appointment. It also includes a chronological list of all those appointed during this period. The information is correct as 30 March 2015, when the 2010 Parliament was dissolved.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
12.01.2012Privileges and Conduct Select Committee (HL) eleventh report on the Conduct of Lord Avebury.
Privileges and Conduct Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
13.12.2011House Committee (HL) second report on Recovery of Money Wrongly Claimed by Members.
House Committee (HL) report [Lords]
31.10.2011Privileges and Conduct Select Committee (HL) eighth report on the Conduct of Lord Taylor of Warwick.
Privileges and Conduct Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
31.10.2011Privileges and Conduct Select Committee (HL) ninth report on the Conduct of Lord Hanningfield.
Privileges and Conduct Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
31.10.2011Privileges and Conduct Select Committee (HL) tenth report on the Guide to the Code of Conduct.
Privileges and Conduct Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
07.04.2010CONDUCT OF LORD LANG
That this House believes that Lord Lang, having been appointed to the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, should refrain from seeking any further business appointments; ...
03.03.2010NON-DOMICILED TAXPAYERS AND PARLIAMENT
That this House believes that citizens who choose to have non-domiciled status, and thus avoid paying tax on income earned outside the United Kingdom, should be debarred from being ...
02.03.2010CONDUCT OF LORD ASHCROFT
That this House notes the recent admission of Lord Ashcroft that he has had non-domiciled status since his appointment to the House of Lords; and questions the sums of money which have ...
02.03.2010DECLARATION OF DOMICILE OF CHOICE
That this House believes that all non-domiciled Members of either House should declare in the registers of Members' interests and Lords' interests their domicile of choice.
15.12.2009TAXATION STATUS OF HON. MEMBERS
That this House believes that Members of both Houses of Parliament should be domiciled and ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom; notes that the Government is to bring forward a ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses