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