Do the House of Lords make laws?
A bill is a draft of a new law or a change to an existing law, presented to Parliament.
Both Houses must agree the final text of the bill before it can be signed off by the monarch (Royal Assent) and become an Act of Parliament (law).
How much do House of Lords get paid?
Salary and benefits: House of Lords Members of the House of Lords are not salaried. They can opt to receive a £305 per day attendance allowance, plus travel expenses and subsidised restaurant facilities. Peers may also choose to receive a reduced attendance allowance of £150 per day instead.
Who elects the House of Lords?
Of the Lords Temporal, the majority are life peers who are appointed by the monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister, or on the advice of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. However, they also include some hereditary peers including four dukes.
Why is the House of Lords important?
The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is independent from, and complements the work of, the elected House of Commons. The Lords shares the task of making and shaping laws and checking and challenging the work of the government.
What are the powers of the House of Lords?
It spends the majority of its time on legislation where it debates, amends and revises bills it receives from the House of Commons. Both Houses have to agree on the wording of any bill before it can be given Royal Assent and become law. The House of Lords can also initiate Bills itself (except with regards to money).
What does the leader of the House of Lords do?
The Leader of the House of Lords is responsible for the organisation of government business in the House, providing assistance to all Lords and offering advice on procedure. The Leader also expresses the collective feelings of the House on formal occasions, such as motions of thanks or congratulations.