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House of Lords Reform Bill

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2012-13

Last updated: 21 May 2021 at 13:11

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This Bill was withdrawn on 3 September 2012

Long title

To make provision about the membership of the House of Lords; to make provision about the disclaimer of life peerages; to abolish the jurisdiction of the House of Lords in relation to peerage claims; to make other provision relating to peerage; and for connected purposes.


Reform of the House of Lords was a manifesto commitment for the three main parties at the 2010 election, and was included in the Coalition Agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. A draft Bill was published in May 2011, on which a Joint Committee reported in April 2012. The Bill establishes a House of Lords which is mostly, though not wholly, elected, with a three-stage transition to reform.

Key areas

  • most members will serve non-renewable 15 year terms
  • semi-open list elections for large regional seats in mainland Great Britain
  • Single Transferable Vote system for Northern Ireland
  • Members will be able to resign, and may be expelled or suspended
  • pay and allowances will be set by IPSA, with pay being related to the participation of the Member in the work of the House
  • the Parliament Acts will still apply to the reformed House of Lords.

Sponsoring department

Cabinet Office
Mr Nick Clegg
Liberal Democrat, Sheffield, Hallam

Current version of the Bill

27 June 2012

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
Not applicable
Not yet reached