Returns in the House of Lords

7.33In the Lords, orders are still occasionally made which result in the production of a specific document.1

If Returns to Orders or Addresses are to be printed (or published), it is usually done by the House which calls for their production. In common with other notices, notice for a return to be moved on a subsequent day may be given only on a sitting day.

If one House desires a return relating to the business or proceedings of the other, it is not customary for it to be ordered. An arrangement is generally made for the necessary motion to be moved in the other House.2


  1. 1. See LJ (1974) 440 (House of Lords furniture); ibid (1974–75) 955 (community land policy); ibid (1976–77) 85 (computers), 220 (library); ibid (1981–82) 323 (Crown Agents Tribunal).
  2. 2. See Return of Lords Attendances, LJ (1968–69) 166.