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How do you strip a peer of his title ?
The short answer is that it isn’t very easy. Not as easy for example as stripping a Knight of his title which is done by the Honours Forfeiture Committee which is convened at the request of the Prime Minister. If that committee concludes there is sufficient evidence that an individual has brought the honours system into disrepute a recommendation by them is forwarded to the Queen through the Prime Minister’s office and she has the final say.
Well known individuals who have lost honours in this way include [Sir] Anthony Blunt, Lester Piggott [OBE], and [Sir] Fred Goodwin but the Honours Forfeiture Committee can only recommend the forfeiture of honours Knighthood and below. In other words, not peers of the realm.
To understand how a peer of the realm can be stripped of their title we need to take a look at the only time it has ever occurred almost 100 years ago, and the Titles Deprivation Act 1917 as a result of which both the Duke of Cumberland and the Duke of Albany were stripped of their titles for treason.
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Now, to be fair to the Duke of Cumberland and the Duke of Albany they were also the Prince of Hanover and the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha respectively. They both lived in Germany, would have considered themselves German, and so supported Germany during World War One.
If you read the Titles Deprivation Act 1917 you will recognise that it addresses a specific issue of a specific time. This act of parliament is not, and was never intended to be, a general mechanism for removing the title/s of a peer of the realm.
(1) His Majesty may appoint a committee of His Privy Council, of which two members at least shall be members of the Judicial Committee, to enquire into and report the names of any persons enjoying any dignity or title as a peer or British prince who have, during the present war, borne arms against His Majesty or His Allies, or who have adhered to His Majesty’s enemies.
To do that, to strip a peer of his or her title, you need an entirely new act of parliament. Either another specific act like the Titles Deprivation Act 1917 or a more general act of parliament which does create a mechanism for the removal of a peerage by, for example, extending the power of the Honours Forfeiture Committee (mentioned above) to include peers.
It is precisely because it is so difficult to remove the titles of peers that Baron Archer (perjury and perverting the course of justice), Dame Porter (gerrymandering), and Baron Hanningfield (false accounting) are still able to lord it over the rest of us despite having all seriously ‘ brought the honours system into disrepute’.