Punishment of Members: House of Lords

11.34The House of Lords has a range of sanctions which it can apply to its Members, ranging from denial of access to financial support or the facilities of the House, through to suspension for any period of time, and expulsion.1 These sanctions derive from three main sources: the historic intrinsic powers of the House, resolutions and Standing Orders of the House, and statute. The House's intrinsic powers were clarified by the Committee for Privileges in 2009, while the resolutions, Standing Orders and statutes were passed between 2011 and 2015.


  1. In addition, a Member who is convicted of a criminal offence in the United Kingdom and sentenced to be imprisoned indefinitely or for more than one year automatically ceases to be a Member.