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Great Britain: About the House of Lords


Prepared by the British government, this document provides an overview of the House of Lords, Parliament, and the Supreme Court system in Great Britain. The House of Lords is the second chamber of British Parliament, and its members are not elected and are unpaid. (The House of Commons, Britain's other chamber of Parliament, has elected members.) Most members of the House of Lords were appointed by Britain's Prime Minister. The House of Lords also served as a Supreme Court. The Constitutional Reform Act of 2005 creates a separate, independent Supreme Court effective October 2009.

How does Britain's House of Lords compare to the U.S. Congress? What about Virginia's legislative branch? Why is there a difference?

Source: House of Lords. "House of Lords Briefing: Work, Role, Function & Powers." About Parliament (accessed July 9, 2009).

How to Cite This Source
House of Lords, "Great Britain: About the House of Lords," in Virginia Civics, Item #559, (accessed January 28, 2022).
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