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3 Main Functions of the House of Commons


Members of Parliament can raise issues in the House of Commons that matter
to you. They hold `surgeries' in their local area to find out about peoples
problems, and they represent these people at Parliament.


The House of Commons makes…

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The highest lawmaking council of the United Kingdom. Parliament is made up of
the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

The body of people who have the authority to make and enforce rules, laws and

Where a country has two legislative or parliamentary…

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Layout of the House of Commons

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How legislation is passed through the House
of Commons.

A bill becomes an Act if it is approved by a majority in the House of Commons
and House of Lords, and formally agreed to by the reigning monarch (known as
Royal Assent).

1. First reading (formal introduction of the bill)…

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Directing an MP to withdraw remarks if, for example, they use abusive language.
Suspending the sitting of the House due to serious disorder. Suspending MPs
who are deliberately disobedient (known as 'naming'). Asking MPs to be quiet
so Members can be heard.

Interesting traditions and customs

Dragging the Speaker of…


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