This House of Lords Library Note presents statistics from a variety of sources on the work of the House. Included are figures on membership, attendance, sitting days, length of sittings, non-legislative business, Bills and divisions.
This House of Lords Library Note looks at the expense allowances that Peers have been able to claim since 1946. In
particular, a chronology of key debates and motions is provided, as is a summary table of expense allowances. The second part of this Note provides a series of figures on the cost of the House of Lords since the Life Peerages Act 1958.
This House of Lords Library Note provides the text of selected
recent maiden speeches to illustrate the range of styles and
subjects covered by new Members in their first contribution in
the Chamber. It also includes an index of Members’ maiden
speeches in the Lords since 2006.
Possible Implications of House of Lords Reform:
The purpose of this House of Lords Library Note is to consider
the possible consequences of House of Lords reform. An
implicit assumption in the Note is that future proposals to reform the Lords will be based on a fully or mainly elected Second Chamber. The major focus of the Note concerns the impact of such reform upon the House itself, its relationship with the House of Commons and Government, but also with the electorate and society more generally.
House of Lords Reform Since 1997: a chronology (updated March 2010)
This House of Lords Library Note sets out in summary form the principal developments in House of Lords reform since the 1997 General Election.
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.