Main Roles & Responsibilities of the House of Lords Members:
The main roles & responsibilities of the House of Lord members are to:
- Create laws
- Scrutinize and defy the actions taken by the government
- Provide a platform where people can get independent expertise
The House of Lords works on these things in association with the House of Commons. The members of the House of Lords consume more than 50 percent of their time in lawmaking and rest of their time goes into the scrutiny of the government, including questioning from the ministers and debates regarding various policies and issues.
Other Roles & Responsibilities of the House of Lords Members:
The other roles and responsibilities of the House of Lords members include committee work that usually takes place outside the Upper House of the Parliament. Members of the House of Lords also work on various drafts of legislation in order to make them better. Moreover, they have the responsibility to make convey their reservations regarding a particular bill by the House of Commons, and send it back for review.
The members of the House of Lords do not follow the usual government timings to conduct their business, since how long they need to sit and what the timings will be is decided by them. Usual finishing time of the House of Lords is 10:00 pm from Monday till Wednesday. On Thursdays, the proceeding usually end around 7:00 pm and on Fridays, the members sit till 5:00 pm.
Members of the House of Lords can also ask a question in writing if their question is technical or detailed. The relevant minister can reply to such type of question within 15 days.
Above all, the members of the House of Lords also remain available to the general public through their blog called Lords of the Blog, where people can convey their problems and messages to them directly, or raise questions regarding any bill or issue they are working on.