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The Government of the UK: House of Lords
"After centuries of evolution and reform, the House of Lords remains an important non-elected component of the government of the UK. How well do you understand its history and function?"
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The House of Lords came into being as a result of commoners being included in Parliament and the desire for the deliberations of commoners and nobles to be separate. Who first invited the participation of commoners in Parliament?
Simon de Montfort
The Lords Spiritual and Temporal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland constitute the House of Lords. Until the reformation, the Lords Spiritual outnumbered the Lords Temporal. As of 2005, out of 731 members of the House of Lords, how many were Lords Spiritual?
The membership of the Lords Temporal has recently undergone a radical change. What automatic qualification for membership in The House of Lords as a Lord Temporal did the House of Lords Act 1999 remove? (Note: Parliamentary acts do not place "of" in front of the year).
Election by the Commons
Holding the office of the Lord Great Chamberlain
The functions of the House of Lords and House of Commons are quite similar. In which legislative function is the House of Lords NOT involved?
Questioning the executive
The House of Lords historically exercised a function the House of Commons did not share. What is this function that was altered by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005?
Jurisdiction over all matters relating to the European Union
Appointment of the Prime Minister
Final court of appeal for civil cases in the United Kingdom and for criminal cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Governance of the colonies
In 1911 the first Parliament Act resulted in the House of Lords losing its power to veto legislation with one exception. Over what type of legislation did the House of Lords retain a veto?
A bill to prolong the lifetime of a Parliament
Matters related to prerogatives and privileges of Peers
Taxation of wealthy estates
Bills relating to the European Union
According to the Parliament Act 1949, what must occur for a bill to become law if not approved by the House of Lords?
It must be passed in two sessions of the Commons
Neither of these
A year must pass between the first Second Reading and final passing in the Commons.
Both of these
In 2004 the House of Lords refused consent to a contentious bill that was of great importance to Labour Party backbenchers. What issue dear to some members of the House of Lords was being hotly contested?
European parliamentary elections
The House of Lords long excluded women. In what year were the first women seated in the House of Lords?
On what does the Lord Chancellor sit while presiding over the House of Lords?
The Stone of Scone
The Jeweled Throne
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