Powers of Commons and Lords and Legislation


Comparing the Commons and Lords 

  • Lords can delay primary legislation for up to one year, clearly powerfu, tampon tax in 2014
  • However, Commons can just bypass this delay, Lords had to accept tax eventually
  • Lords is appointed since 1998 act, more likely to stand up to government 
  • However recentley commons has started to stand up to government as well, two votes of no confidence in the past two years
  • The Lords has power to ammend any legislation, heavily ammended Brexit Bill in 2016 
  • However commons always has final say, Budget 2016 approved by commons not the lords
  • The Lords has power to try start any bills, 57 bills introduced


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