I joined the House of Lords in November 2013 and also work as an Assembly Member in City Hall.
Please see the links below for my work so far in various areas.
Peers can ask government ministers questions for written answer. These are often used to obtain detailed information about policies and statistics on the activities of government departments.
In the House of Lords a Member may ask a question at the end of the day's business, or during the dinner break, and allow a short debate ending with a government reply.
Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. As with other Public Bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population. A minority of Private Members' Bills become law but, by creating publicity around an issue, they may affect legislation indirectly.
The main business in both chambers often takes the form of a debate. This includes debates on legislation, on 'Oral Questions' tabled by members or issues selected by the major parties.
All-Party Groups (APGs) are informal cross-party groups. They are essentially run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, although many groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.