There shall be an association which shall be called the Hereditary
Peerage Association (“HPA”).
of the Association shall be open to all Peers of England, Scotland, Ireland,
Great Britain and the United Kingdom, who are peers by descent or hereditary
Peers of First Creation, and to their
immediate heirs. All such Peers or their heirs shall be considered to be
associate members but only those who have paid their subscriptions
(hereinafter referred to as Members) shall be entitled to vote at meetings
of the Association and to receive the full benefits of membership.
aims and objectives of the Association shall be:
To identify what should be the role of the hereditary Peerage following
its removal from Parliament, and to establish the means for the promotion of
To identify the remaining rights and dignities of the hereditary
Peerage and to establish the means whereby any attempt to diminish these
rights and dignities can be defeated.
To consider matters of Peerage law, in particular how titles and
succession will be verified if such work is no longer to be handled by the
Lord Chancellor’s Department or the Clerk of the Parliament
To collect and voice the opinion of the hereditary Peers on further
constitutional reform, particularly Stage II reform of the House of Lords.
To examine the arrangements for the replacement of the remaining
Parliamentary hereditary Peers following the end of the interim arrangements,
should no Stage II have been enacted, and to facilitate the selection of
To collect and voice the opinions of the hereditary Peerage on other
matters of common interest.
To provide a mechanism for all hereditary peers to keep in touch with
each other and their heirs and successors.
shall be a committee of the Members of the Association charged with managing
and overseeing the work of the Association. Members of the Committee shall
serve for five years. The Committee shall appoint a Chairman who shall be
one of their number and who shall serve continuously for three years. The
Chairman and members of the Committee may offer themselves for re-election
at the expiry of their terms, save that no member may serve for more than
ten years continuously.
Committee shall appoint a President of the Association who shall serve for
ten years and who shall not be a member of the Committee but who shall be
entitled but not required to attend and vote at the Committee. The President
shall generally be a Duke.
the first and subsequent elections to replace members of the Committee,
where there are more candidates than places available, Members shall be
asked to submit their choice in order of preference by postal ballot and
those candidates with the highest numbers of votes shall be selected, with
aggregated preferences being used to avoid ties.
Committee shall appoint a Secretary of the Association who shall serve for
such period and upon such terms as may be agreed between the Committee and
the Secretary. The Committee may appoint such additional staff as it sees
Committee shall appoint not less than three of its members from time to time
to be authorised signatories together with the Secretary on the
Association’s bank account and any cheque or other instrument requiring
the release of funds from that account or committing the Association to any
contract or undertaking shall require two authorised signatures.
Committee shall report annually to the Members of the Association at an
Annual General Meeting, to be held during the month of February, as to the
activities of the Association in furthering its objectives and the
management of its affairs and shall submit annual accounts showing income
and expenditure. The written notice period required for the Annual General
Meeting or for any other General Meeting whose business concerns the
constitution of the Association shall be 21 days. General Meetings may be
called by the Committee, or by any seven or more Members.
quorum at any General Meeting shall be not less than three Members present
and a quorum at a Committee Meeting shall be two Committee members and the
Secretary or three members, one of whom shall serve as secretary.
shall pay an annual subscription of £15 or such other amount as the members
may from time to time approve in General Meeting.
Committee shall arrange a website and bulletin board on the internet for the
purposes of permitting electronic debates and of collecting and publishing
the views of Members of the Association on matters considered important by
them. Individual Members may express views of a party-political nature in
electronic debates but the Association shall not offer its official
endorsement of views or conclusions of such nature. Members should remember
that these debates will not be covered by parliamentary privilege.
Committee or any Member of the Association (upon informing the Committee)
may organize other meetings of Members at any time for social and political
purposes and for the promotion of the standing of the Association or its
work. Where any meeting results in a group of Members present wishing to
publish conclusions of a party political nature, such conclusions shall be
published as the views of the individual Members concerned and not those of
Association shall exist until wound up and may be wound up at any time by a
simple majority vote among its members taken after giving due notice. Upon a
winding up, the assets of the Association shall be divided among the Members
for the time being.