How Parliament works.

Learn about Parliament, how it is made up and what it is responsible for.

This is a more visual aid to help understand how Parliament is made up and what it is responsible for. It explains the make up of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is a good way to reinforce learning and a tool to aid discussion.

You can click on the labels to find out more about the political make-up of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and what they do. Then scroll down the page and remind yourself how new laws are made using the clickable slideshow. It is on the BBC news website and we have provided a quick link below.

What is Parliament and how does it work?

The link below will take you to the Parliament site for more information.

Making laws

Now why not try the Interactive whiteboard resource - making laws also on the Parliament site. Open the whiteboard resource and try the quiz and do the three activities:

  • Debate a bill in either the House of Commons or House of Lords and choose questions you would ask a minister to scrutinise the bill.
  • Sort through historic bills that have improved our voting rights, education, working hours and welfare, in the Timeline Challenge.
  • Follow the passage of a bill and find out about the role of the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the monarch in From bill to law.


Stages Of A Bill Through Parliament 

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