Q: What does the House of Lords do?

 The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It works with the House of Commons to:

• make laws.
• check and challenge the actions of the government, and
• provide a forum of independent expertise.

The House of Lords Chamber spends about 60% of its time on legislation; the other 40% is spent on scrutiny – questioning Government and debating issues and policy. Committee work takes place outside the Chamber.