This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition Abolish the House of Lords
They are unelected and cost too much money.
I refer to the information provided by the media.
This petition closed early because of a General Election Find out more on the Petitions Committee website
This response was given on 16 March 2017
The House of Lords plays an important role in scrutinising and checking legislation and holding the Government to account. Comprehensive reform of the Lords is not a priority in this Parliament.
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The House of Lords plays an important role in scrutinising and checking legislation and holding the Government to account.
While comprehensive reform is not a priority in this Parliament, the Government recognised the importance of addressing the size of the House of Lords in its manifesto. In the last Parliament, the House showed it could take forward incremental measures - such as allowing peers to retire and enabling peers to be expelled for non-attendance or serious misconduct. More than 50 peers have retired since the facility was introduced and since 2010, the cost of the House has fallen in real terms.
Where there are measures that can command consensus from across the House, the Government would welcome working with peers to look at how to take them forward.