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The House of Lords, also known as the House of Peers, is the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Membership is granted by appointment or else by heredity or official function. Like the House of Commons, it meets in the Palace of Westminster. Officially, the full name of the house is the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
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    • History 

    • 19th century 

    • 20th century 

    • First admission of women 

    • New Labour Era 

    • 2010–present 

    • House of Lords Reform Act 2014 

    • House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Act 2015 

    • Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015 

    • Proposed move 

    • Size 

    • Legislative functions 

    • Relationship with the government 

    • Former judicial role 

    • Lords Spiritual 

    • Hereditary peers 

    • Lords of Appeal in Ordinary 

    • Life peers 

    • Qualifications 

    • Cash for Peerages 

    • Removal from House membership 

    • Officers 

    • Procedure 

    • Disciplinary powers 

    • Committees 

    • Current composition 

    • Leaders and chief whips 

    • Other ministers 

    • Other whips (Lords and Baronesses-in-Waiting) 

    • Overseas counterparts 

    • Bibliography