House of Lords, United Kingdom

The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is independent from, and complements the work of, the elected House of Commons. The Lords shares the task of making and shaping laws and checking and challenging the work of the government.

They have three main roles:
* Making laws
* In-depth consideration of public policy
* Holding government to account

The House Committee, the House of Lords Management Board and the Clerk of the Parliaments are responsible for the strategy, performance and resources of the House of Lords.

The House of Lords administration provides the advice and services that enable the House and its Members to carry out their parliamentary functions effectively.

A busy administration supports the House in carrying out its day to day duties. It is responsible for advising on parliamentary procedure and is politically impartial. It also performs a range of corporate functions, from finance and catering to property management and security.

The official website of the House of Lords features Work of the House of Lords (What the Lords does, Making laws, Checking and challenging government, Lords select committees, Lords Hansard); Who's in the House of Lords (Members and their roles, Meeting our members, House of Lords's conduct, Financial support for members, Get in touch with members, How do you address a Lord); How the Lords is run (House of Lords administration & departments, Working for the House of Lords); Get involved with the Lords (Visiting the House of Lords, Outreach programme, House of Lords Information Office, Free Lords publications); House of Lords history; Press office and What's on (Main chamber, Select and Grand Committee).

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Guide ID: 485 - Last Updated: August 21, 2013