Lords Digital Chamber
Connect to members of the House of Lords

About the Lords Digital Chamber

The House of Lords has three main functions as the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It:

  • Checks and changes draft laws
  • Investigates issues through committees
  • Holds government to account through questions and debates.

The Lords provides a second opinion in Parliament. It sometimes reaches different conclusions from the Commons because:

  • There is no government majority in the Lords
  • Members are appointed for life so are freer to act independently of their political party
  • Many members have a political background, but others are selected for their professional experience in medicine, law, business, the arts and public service, and remain active in their careers
  • About 200 members don’t belong to a political party
  • The rules give greater freedom to propose and debate changes to draft laws.

For more information on the House of Lords visit www.parliament.uk/lords

Watch the House of Lords online at www.parliament.tv/lords