If a person who succeeds to an eligible peerage1 wishes to stand in a by-election for membership of the House of Lords as an elected hereditary peer2 he must petition the House of Lords to prove his succession and right to be included in the Clerk of the Parliaments' register of hereditary peers3. Such petitions are referred to the Lord Chancellor to consider and report whether the petitioner has established his right to be included in the register4. If the Lord Chancellor is satisfied that the claim has been made out he reports this to the House of Lords,
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