House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill (HL Bill 144)

A

BILL

[AS AMENDED IN COMMITTEE]

TO

Amend the House of Lords Act 1999 so as to abolish the system of by-elections
for hereditary peers.

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 Overview

This Act amends section 2 of the House of Lords Act 1999 to end the process of
by-elections for hereditary peers, thereby making the House of Lords a wholly
appointed Second Chamber.

2 5Abolition of the system of by-elections for hereditary peers

(1) Section 2 of the House of Lords Act 1999 (exception from section 1) is amended
as follows.

(2) For subsection (2) substitute—

(2) No more than 92 people at any one time shall be excepted from section
101.”

(3) For subsection (4) substitute—

(4) Any vacancy resulting from the death, retirement, resignation or
expulsion of an excepted person under subsection (2) after the day on
which the House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-
15Elections) Act 2018 comes into force is not to be filled by further
exception.”

3 Extent and short title

(1) This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.

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(2) This Act may be cited as the House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of
By-Elections) Act 2018.