Lord Speaker

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the Lord Speaker. 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

24.07.2015Lord Speaker
This note sets out the background to the creation of the office of Lord Speaker in 2006. It covers developments and proposals in the role since then. It also provides the election results for 2006, and details of the election process in 2011.
07.03.2014Pensions of ministers and senior office holders
This note looks at the pension arrangements for ministers and senior office holders, such as the Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Speaker of the House of Commons.
25.11.2003House of Lords developments since 2002
House of Lords: developments since 2002. House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/85.

Lords Library Notes

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.
19.03.2015Principal Office Holders in the House of Lords
This Library Note provides a short overview of the role and functions of some of the key office holders in the House of Lords.
11.10.2012House of Lords: Reform of Working Practices, 2000-2012
This Library Note summarises significant proposals to change working practices and procedures in the House of Lords.
05.03.2010Ceremonial in the House of Lords. LLN 2010/007
Ceremonial in the House of Lords. This Library Note focuses on the principal ceremonies that take place in the House of Lords, including the State Opening, presenting the Speaker of the House of Commons, Royal Assent, prorogation and dissolution, and the Introduction of peers. It also describes the role of Royal Commissions, the roles of the Earl Marshal and the Lord Great Chamberlain, other notable ceremonies (the Lord Speaker's Procession and presentation of an Address to the Sovereign) and finally looks at proposals for reform.


  • 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