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The House of Lords produces a range of free public information resources that explain the role, work and membership of the House. Read or order information on Lords legislative and committee work and the role of members. Email or call 020 7219 3107 to request large print editions; Braille editions of some publications are available.


House of Lords Explained (H-159)

Quick guide to the role of the House of Lords - how it works

Guide to Work in the Chamber (H-051-M)

Find out about daily business in the chamber and how it happens

Guide to Work in Committees (H-058-M)

Read about business in committees and how it happens

Guide to the Work of the Lord Speaker (H-163)

Find out about the role, its creation and the current Lord Speaker

Work of the House of Lords (H-152)

Find out about the impact of the House of Lords on new laws and public policy in 2013-14


People and Membership (H-133)

A look at the people who carry out the work of the House of Lords

Role and Work (H-132)

Discover more about the role and work of the House of Lords - including how a bill becomes law - the importance of delegated legislation and the work of its select committees

Committee briefings

Economic Affairs Committee (H-156)

Find out about the committee's role and work examining the UK economy

Communications Committee (H-154)

Find out how the committee investigates the media and creative industries

Constitution Committee (H-155)

Read about the committee's work examining constitutional matters and the constitutional implications of public bills

Science and Technology Committee (H-158)

Read about the committee's work investigating science and technology matters

European Union Committee (H-157)

Discover more about the examination of proposed EU laws and investigative work by the committee

House of Lords history

State Opening of Parliament (H-145)

Find out more about the occasion marking the start of Parliament's next working year

History of the House of Lords (H-076)

Key dates in the evolution of the House of Lords