640. The election of excepted hereditary peers and the filling of vacancies.

The initial elections of the 90 excepted hereditary peers1 were conducted in accordance with arrangements made by the Clerk of the Parliaments2. Standing orders must make provision for filling vacancies among the excepted hereditary peers3. In any case where the vacancy arises on a death occurring after the end of the first session of the next Parliament after that in which the House of Lords Act 1999 was passed4, and the deceased person was excepted in consequence of an election5, that provision requires the holding of a by-election6.

The Clerk of the Parliaments must maintain and publish a register of