On Thursday, the House debated a report from the Labour Peers Working Group on Reform of the House of Lords. You can read the debate here. The quiz covers various reforms of the House. The first reader to supply the correct answer will win one of my recent publications. Jonathan, the winner of the last quiz, received a copy of The Voice of the Backbenchers.
1. The first life peers were the law lords. What Act created Lords of Appeal in Ordinary?
2. The Parliament Act 1911 provided for public bills to be enacted even if not passed by the House of Lords. Section 2(1) of the Act excludes what type of bill from this provision?
3. The Life Peerages Act 1958 provided for life peers to be created. Under the Act, all life peers have the same rank of peerage. What is it?
4. Tony Benn, Quintin Hogg and Alec Douglas-Home were notable hereditary peers who disclaimed their titles under the Peerages Act 1963. Name at least three others who disclaimed their peerages.
5. Following passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, former Leaders of the House who were hereditary peers were offered life peerages. Only two are still alive and only one who is not on leave of absence. Who is he?
6. The House now has Questions for Short Debate (QSDs). By what name were they previously known?