Scope and Content

  • Meetings of the committee, 19th January 1912 to 25th June 1912.
  • Drafts and working papers including Schemes for the Reform of the House ofLords by Lord Robert Cecil, the Duke of Northumberland, Colonel Welby, theEarl of Galloway and the Duke of Marlborough (in brackets F.E. Smith).
  • Reports of the Committee including Memorandum on the Reconstruction of theSecond Chamber, two versions of the Confidential Report of the Sub-Committeedealing with the Second Chamber, Population statistics of the proposedconstituencies.

Administrative / Biographical History

Halsbury Club

The objectives of the Halsbury Club were to reform the powers and membershipof the House of Lords. Its members were Baron Rankeillour (1870 - 1949), thegeographer Sir Halford John Mackinder (1861 - 1947), the 1st Earl of Plymouth(1857 - 1923), the Earl of Selborne (1859 - 1942), Viscount Cecil (1864 -1958), the 1st Earl of Halsbury (1823 - 1921) and the 8th Duke ofNorthumberland (1880 - 1930).

Hardinge Stanley Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury 1823 - 1921

Giffard qualified as a barrister at the Inner Temple in 1850. He became a QCin 1863. In 1881 Giffard became Treasurer of the Inner Temple. From 1875 -1880 he was Solicitor-General. He was Lord Chancellor 1885 - 1886, 1886 -1892, 1895 - 1905, and Conservative MP for Launceston, 1877 - 1885. Giffardwas also President of the Royal Society of Literature, Grand Warden ofEnglish Freemasons, and High Steward of University of Oxford since 1896.Giffard presided over the production of the complete digest of Laws ofEngland (1905 - 1916).

His publications include:

  • Halsbury's laws of England (1949)
  • Halsbury's statutes of England and Wales (1985)
  • Halsbury's statutory instruments (1951)
  • The Laws of England : being a complete statement of the whole law ofEngland (1907)


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Mackinder, H.J.

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