House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill (HC Bill 151)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision empowering the House of Lords to expel or suspend
members.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Expulsion and suspension of members of the House of Lords

(1) Standing Orders of the House of Lords may make provision under which the
House of Lords may by resolution—

(a) expel a member of the House of Lords, or

(b) 5suspend a member of the House of Lords for the period specified in the
resolution.

(2) A person expelled by virtue of this section ceases to be a member.

(3) A person suspended by virtue of this section remains a member during the
period of suspension, but during that period the person—

(a) 10is not entitled to receive writs of summons to attend the House of
Lords, and

(b) despite any writ of summons previously issued to the person, is
disqualified from sitting or voting in the House of Lords or a committee
of the House of Lords.

(4) 15A resolution passed by virtue of subsection (1) must state that, in the opinion
of the House of Lords, the conduct giving rise to the resolution—

(a) occurred after the coming into force of this Act, or

(b) occurred before the coming into force of this Act and was not public
knowledge before that time.

2 20Entitlement to receive writs of summons to attend House of Lords

In section 6 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 (interpretation), after

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subsection (2)(c) insert—

(d) section 1(3) of the House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension)
Act 2015.

3 Effect of ceasing to be a member

5A person expelled in accordance with section 1 is to be treated as if that person
had ceased to be a member in accordance with the House of Lords Reform Act
2014, for the purposes of section 4(2) to (8) of that Act.

4 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Act
102015.

(2) This Act shall come into force at the end of the period of three months
beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.