Work of the House of Lords

Work of the House of Lords

The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is independent from, and complements the work of, the elected House of Commons. The Lords shares the task of making and shaping laws and checking and challenging the work of the government.

What the Lords does

What the Lords does

The House of Lords is made up of around 825 members from a variety of professions and walks of life

Making laws

Bills start in either the House of Lords or House of Commons. They go through set stages of approval in both Houses before they become an Act of Parliament.

Checking and challenging government

The Lords plays an important role in questioning the decisions and actions of the government through questions and debates

Lords select committees

Lords select committees

The House of Lords committees investigate public policy, proposed laws and government activity

Lords Hansard

A report of all House of Lords business

Lords Library

The House of Lords Library provides impartial research and information services to Members of the House of Lords, their staff and the staff of the House.

Watch the Lords on Parliament TV

Watch all the action from the Lords' chamber and committees live on Parliament TV

Lords enquiry service

Contact the House of Lords enquiry service with general questions about the Lords:

Subscribe to Lords newsletter

Sign up for the House of Lords newsletter for the latest news, debates and business

Lords publications

Get free copies of House of Lords publications and briefings

Lords Hansard

Read the latest Lords Hansard for a detailed word by word report of the work in the chamber