Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

The Office of the Leader of the House of Lords (OLHL) is a ministerial department of the Cabinet Office with the duty of providing support to the Leader of the House of Lords, currently Baroness Evans of Bowes Park. Duties include assisting the leader in providing information, as well as answering questions from members of the House of Lords and the British Government.[1]

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords
Welsh: Swyddfa Arweinydd Tŷ'r Arglwyddi
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Department overview
Formed4 April 1721
Headquarters1 Horseguards Road,
London,
SW1A 2HQ
Minister responsible
Parent DepartmentCabinet Office
WebsiteLeader of the House

The deputy leader also provides support for the office including questioning government ministers and working on legislation debated by the house. The deputy leader is not a cabinet level minister.[2] It also supports the Lords Whip's Office.

Current OfficeEdit

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park MBE PC Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Management and delivery of the Government’s legislative programme (through the House of Lords) and facilitating the passage of individual bills; Leading the House (in the Chamber and as a key member of domestic committees to do with procedure, conduct, and the internal governance of the House); Issues connected to the House of Lords and its governance; Speaking for the Government in the Chamber on a range of issues, including repeating in the House of Lords statements made to the Commons by the Prime Minister; Ceremonial and other duties as the Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal.
The Rt Hon. The Earl Howe PC Deputy Leader of the House of Lords The Deputy Leader of the House of Lords supports the House of Lords in its job of questioning government ministers, improving legislation and debating topics of national significance.

Whips OfficeEdit

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. The Lord Ashton of Hyde PC Chief Whip of the House of Lords
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
Chief Whip has an active role at the despatch box promoting and defending departmental policy which involves:
  • answering questions
  • responding to debates
  • taking through primary and secondary legislation
The Rt Hon. The Earl of Courtown Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Lords
Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard
Deputising for the Chief Whip.
The Rt Hon. The Baroness Penn Baroness-in-waiting
Government Whip
The Rt Hon. The Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay Lord-in-waiting
Government Whip
The Rt Hon. The Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE Baroness-in-waiting
Government Whip
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice.
The Rt Hon. The Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist Baroness-in-waiting
Government Whip
Spokesperson for the Wales Office.
The Rt Hon. The Viscount Younger of Leckie Lord-in-waiting
Government Whip
Spokesperson for the Scotland Office and Northern Ireland Office.

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