What is a lords-of-papers? A lord-of-papers is a person who serves in the House of Lords and is entitled to one copy of all papers presented to or laid before the House of Commons. A lord may also order other working papers for the House. These papers can be sent to the Lords’ homes. In addition to parliamentary papers, the Lords may order other government publications.

The House of Lords Parliamentary Papers are published jointly with the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. The combined publication gives an accurate picture of UK Parliament during the pivotal nineteenth century. It contains material previously unavailable and covers a wide variety of subjects. Despite being a separate body from the House of Commons, the House of Lords still exercised a great deal of power. Several lords-of-papers have been published, allowing anyone to gain insight into the history of UK Parliament.