Solly Zuckerman received a life peerage in 1971, taking the title Baron Zuckerman of Burnham Thorpe. He sat as a cross-bencher. He was introduced into the House on 20 July 1971 and made his maiden speech on 26 October 1971, in a debate on the United Kingdom and the European Community. His last contribution, a question on 16 February 1993, was on the storage of plutonium. Between October 1971 and February 1993 Lord Zuckerman made some 40 speeches in the House and raised nearly as many questions. Fellow life peers who he introduced were Lord Trend (27 March 1974), Lord Glenkinglas (Michael Noble, 9 May 1974), and Lord Richardson (7 March 1979).
From 1976 until 1984 Zuckerman served on Sub-Committee F (Energy, Transport and Research) of the Select Committee on the European Communities and from 1978 to 1983 on Sub-Committee G (Environment). Sub-file SZ/HL/46/1 (divided into five sub-sub-files) refers to Sub-Committee F, and Sub-file SZ/HL/46/2 refers to Sub-Committee G. Sub-file SZ/HL/46/3 relates to Zuckerman's oral evidence to Sub-Committee I (Science and Government) given in 1981.
The files listed in this series are indicative of those areas in which Zuckerman actively contributed to debate. Typically they include related correspondence, background papers, press-cuttings and publications, and drafts and published texts (in Hansard) of his speeches and questions. File SZ/HL/47 consists of copies of Hansard in which questions posed by Lord Zuckerman are recorded. The file of general correspondence consists largely of exchanges with those lobbying for or against draft legislation or amendments to existing statutes, including fellow peers. It is likely that there is a degree of overlap between the correspondence in this series and that in the files of general correspondence (Series SZ/GEN), particularly for the period 1984-1993.
This series also includes papers relating to the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, an unofficial group of members of both Houses of Parliament and British members of the European Parliament, representatives of certain scientific and technical institutions, some science-based companies and universities and polytechnics (SZ/HL/48). Lord Zuckerman served as a member of its Steering Committee, and was its President, 1972-1976.