The Parliament of the United
Kingdom has developed over hundreds of years from the group
of nobles that once advised the King of England to the present
day Parliament of the Monarch, House of Lords and House of
Parliament has gradually taken control over many of the
powers previously exercised by the Monarch. The Monarch now
has a constitutional role which means that their actions
are governed by convention.
Over the years Parliament has become more representative
of the people for whom it takes decisions. Today nearly everyone
aged 18 and over has the right to vote for a local Member
of Parliament to represent them in the House of Commons.
Starting in 1215, when the Magna Carta was signed by King
John, there was a period of nearly 400 years when, from time
to time, Parliament and the Monarch would disagree, sometimes
violently, about which had the final say in decisions.
Information about the work of the House of Commons and its Committees,
and its membership, history and powers.
Live Web casting of Parliament. Live coverage
of all UK Parliament proceedings - including Select
and Standing Committees which are meeting in public
- is now available via Parliament's internet service.
As many as 18 live streams are available simultaneously.
Coverage of debates in the chambers of both the
House of Commons and the House of Lords, Sittings
in Westminster Hall and up to four committees at
a time receive full audio-visual coverage. Other
committees meeting in public are covered in audio-only.
The Official Report (Hansard) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings
in both Houses. Commons Hansard covers proceedings in the Commons Chamber,
Westminster Hall and Standing Committees. Lords Hansard covers proceedings
in the Lords Chamber and its Grand Committees.
Members’ words are reported with repetitions
and redundancies omitted and with obvious mistakes
omitted, but nothing is left out which adds to the
meaning of the speech or illustrates the argument.
Both Official Reports also contain the relevant Written
Ministerial Statements and Written Answers. See what
our local MP's have been campaigning for in the House