Until 1999 holders of hereditary peerages were automatically entitled to a seat in the House of Lords1. The House of Lords Act 1999 introduced the rule that no-one is to be a member of the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage2; however, at any one time 90 hereditary peers are excepted from the rule3 and, once excepted, a hereditary peer continues to be so throughout his life (until an Act of Parliament provides to the contrary)4. Excepted members may
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