Standing Orders of the House of Lords
relating to public business (1994) (HL Paper 15), Nos 74-78
Committee for Privileges. 19 February
74. A Committee for Privileges shall be
appointed at the beginning of every session; sixteen Lords shall
be named of the Committee, together with any four Lords of Appeal;
in any claim of Peerage, the Committee shall not sit unless three
Lords of Appeal be present.
Claims of Peerage. 24 March 1767
75. In claims of Peerage the following directions
shall apply in regard to claims by Petition which have been referred
to the Committee for Privileges:
(1) The Petitioner shall lodge his case,
pedigree and proofs with the Clerk of the Parliaments within six
weeks from the date of the presentation of his Petition to the
(2) Records and documents in public custody
may be proved before the Committee by copies officially certified
as in ordinary legal proceedings. The production of originals
of such documents shall not be required except on an order of
the Lord Chancellor or Chairman of Committees.
Originals of records and documents in private
custody, together with copies thereof, must be produced and proved
before the Committee.
(3) In unopposed claims the record of the
documentary evidence given before the Committee shall be examined
by an examiner appointed by the Crown Agent. The Crown Agent may,
if he think fit, similar appoint an examiner in opposed claims.
The cost of the examination shall be borne by the claimant.
(4) The fees to be charged shall be such
as shall be authorised from time to time by the House.
Claims of Irish Peerages. 2 April 1802
76. A claim to any Peerage of Ireland shall
be made by Petition to the House, which Petition shall be referred
to the Lord Chancellor to consider and report upon to the House.
Claims of Irish Peerages in abeyance.
2 April 1802
77.(1) In case any Peerage of Ireland
now is or hereafter shall be in abeyance, the persons claiming
to be co-heirs thereto, or any of them, may, by Petition to the
House, state such claim, and pray that the same may be examined
by the House.
(2) No claim of any Peerage of Ireland alleged
to be in abeyance shall be proceeded upon until the same shall
have been recommended by Her Majesty to the consideration of the
House, or until Her Majesty shall have been informed of such claim
by the House.
(3) Every such claim shall be referred to
the Committee for Privileges to examine the matter and report
the same, as it shall appear to them, to the House.
(4) In case it shall appear to the House
that any such Peerage is in abeyance, the House shall inform Her
Majesty that in the opinion of the House such Peerage, though
in abeyance, is to be deemed and taken to be an existing Peerage,
according to the Fourth Article of Union.
Report of Committee for Privileges if
improper arrangement entered into between co-heirs. 1 June 1954
78. If in regard to a claim for the determination
of an abeyance existing in a Peerage the Committee for Privileges
is satisfied that any arrangement entered into between the Petitioner
and any co-heir is tainted with any impropriety, the Committee
shall make no report to the House except that such arrangement
is not shown to have been a proper one.