821. Privilege of sitting and voting in Parliament.

The most important privilege of a peer is to sit and vote in Parliament1. However, whilst it is a privilege, membership of the House of Lords is not an automatic or universal right for all peers2. For those who are entitled, though, it is not only a privilege, but a duty, for members of the House of Lords must attend the sittings of the House or, if they cannot do so, must obtain leave of absence