639. Excepted hereditary peers under the House of Lords Act 1999.

At any one time 90 people are excepted from the general exclusion of hereditary peers1; but anyone excepted as holder of the office of Earl Marshal or performing the office of Lord Great Chamberlain does not count towards that limit2.

The general exclusion does not apply to anyone excepted from it by or in accordance with standing orders of the House3. Such standing orders provide the following categories of excepted hereditary peer:


    (1)     2 peers elected by the Labour hereditary peers;


    (2)     42 peers elected by the Conservative hereditary peers;