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Hereditary Peers: By-elections

Question for The Senior Deputy Speaker

UIN HL5820, tabled on 6 March 2017

To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether he will publish the terms of the agreement with Electoral Reform Services to administer the hereditary peers’ by-elections, including the fees paid and the length of the contract.

Answered on

13 March 2017

The House has engaged Electoral Reform Services (ERS) to assist with each hereditary peers’ by-election since they were first held in 2003. When the need for a by-election arises ERS are engaged to administer and supervise the by-election and to provide assurance that it conforms to good electoral practice. This arrangement has applied each time a by-election is held. A fee is paid for ERS’ services for each by-election; there is no standing contract under which fees are paid to ERS.

The table below shows the amounts paid to Electoral Reform Services in respect of hereditary peers’ by-elections in each calendar year since 2012.


Amount paid to Electoral Reform Services











2017 (to date)


Amounts are exclusive of VAT.

The House authorities are currently reviewing the procurement arrangements under which services for hereditary peers’ by-elections are provided.