Volume 1. The Origins to 1937: Proposals Deferred- Book One: The Origins to 1911- Book Two: 1911–1937
The contribution of the House of Lords to this balance is all too often overlooked. In this richly documented two-volume work, the author offers a detailed examination of the Lords’ constitutional position and the predicament they faced as the Commons increasingly championed popular rule. With a landowning membership based on the hereditary principle, the Lords struggled to adapt. Yet, valiant attempts were made. The author gives us the first thorough, full-length history of the Lords’ ambiguous responses to the new democracy and the stream of arguments, proposals and bills raised for reform of their House.
Drawing on speeches, letters, reports and memoranda of the times (some never previously published), the book brings to life the inner wranglings and arresting personalities, the hopes and anxieties and the sheer frustrations of a House divided between entrenched interests and idealism, and often threatened by progressives outside.
The two books in Volume One cover the period from the medieval origins of the House of Lords and proceed, through many tumultuous events, to the outbreak of the Second World War.
Chapter 7: The Appellate Jurisdiction (House of Lords) Bill: 1856
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The Appellate Jurisdiction (House of Lords) Bill: 1856
After the unfortunate outcome of the Wensleydale case, the Lords felt that if their House was ‘to retain its appellate jurisdiction, there was a need for skilled members, and that the most competent persons might not be able to make sufficient provision for the support of an hereditary dignity’. The Lords appointed a select committee to enquire into the matter and make necessary proposals to secure the efficient exercise of the functions of their House as a court of appellate jurisdiction. The select committee drafted the following report.1
Report by the Lords’ Committee’s appointed Select Committee to enquire whether it is expedient to make any, and, if so, what Provision for more effectually securing the efficient Exercise of the Functions of this House as a Court of Appellate Jurisdiction; and further, how any such Provision would affect the general Character of this House; and to report their opinion thereupon.
Ordered to Report,
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