Here is some online reading on the House of Lords outlining its history, form and function, the form Lords reform might take, and the place of the Lords in Britain’s political system.
What the Lords, in its own words, does today
- Introduction to the work of the Lords
- How the Lords makes laws
- How the Lords checks and challenges government
- Who's in the House of Lords
The contemporary relationship between the Lords and the House of Commons
- Explaining the relationship between the Commons and the Lords
- Explaining the Parliament Acts of 2011 and 1949
House of Lords Reform, 1911- 2015
- A chronology of Lords reform up to 2008
- Modern Lords reform in historical context
- A detailed chronological history of Lords reform
- A bibliography on Lords reform: What are the arguments for and against?
What form might future Lords reform take?
- A report by the Electoral Reform Society published by the New Statesman, 16th July 2012
- An assessment by Democratic Audit, 23nd February 2016
- Reducing the size of the House of Lords: Here’s how to do it, October 2016
Further (offline) reading
The best recent book on the Lords, written for specialists, but very accessible, is:
- Meg Russell (2013) The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Two good-quality general introductions to parliament with particular reference to the Lords are: