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House of Lords Reform Bill 2012-13

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Sponsor:
Mr Nick Clegg
Cabinet Office

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last events

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 52 2012-13 (as introduced) | PDF version, 403KB 27.06.2012

Latest news on the House of Lords Reform Bill 2012-13

This Bill has been withdrawn. 

The House of Commons Library has produced a briefing note about The Decision not to proceed with the House of Lords Reform Bill

Summary of the House of Lords Reform Bill 2012-13

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.

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