Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Twelfth Report



This is a private Member's bill introduced by Lord Weatherill. It is to repeal provision for by-elections of hereditary peers.


Section 2 of the House of Lords Act 1999 provides for the Standing Orders of the House of Lords to except 90 people from section 1 (which excludes membership of the House by virtue of a hereditary peerage). There is provision requiring the Standing Orders to provide for vacancies among the 90. This bill replaces section 2 with a more limited provision, whereby only those excepted by Standing Orders made before the bill is passed are excepted from section 1 of the 1999 Act. There is no provision for filling subsequent vacancies.

The principle of the bill is the same as that of the 1999 Act - namely, that Standing Orders made by the House of Lords can except from the exclusion in the Act. But the proposed section 2 is more limited than section 2 of the 1999 Act as it now stands.


There is nothing in this bill to which the Committee wishes to draw the attention of the House.

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