These Explanatory Notes relate to the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 18 December 2014.
These Explanatory Notes have been prepared by the Cabinet Office in order to assist the reader of the Bill and to help inform debate on it. They do not form part of the Bill and have not been endorsed by Parliament.
The Notes explain what each part of the Bill will mean in practice; provide background information on the development of policy; and provide additional information on how the Bill will affect existing legislation in this area.
These Notes might be best read alongside the Bill. They are not, and are not intended to be, a comprehensive description of the Bill. So where a clause or part of a clause does not seem to require any explanation or comment, none is given.