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THE LEGISLATURE

DEFINITION
The branch of government responsible for making law

ROLE AND FUNTION OF COMMONS
LEGISLATION ­ make laws that are binding to everyone in the UK (speed limits,
devolution of Scotland, immigration)
EXECUTIVE SCRUTINY ­ checking acts of government and all state employees ensuring
on accountability (MPs have…

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FURFILLING REPRESENTATIVE/EXPERT ROLES - bring in underrepresented groups such
as women, ethnic minorities, gays or experts in fields such as education, medicine and
science

POWERS OF LEGISLATURE
Reject or amend any bill put forward by government
Reject or amend the budget
Dismiss a government or any member of the executive…

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can raise any matter with minister of choice, create a Private members bill, debates in
Westminster Hall

ROLE OF PARTIES IN PARLIAMENT
MPS are instructed to vote how their party wishes (when and how to vote) them to
with help from the whips
Loyalty to the party results in promotion…

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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF SELECT COMMITTEES
ADVANTAGES ­ right to request minister and civil servants to appear before them on TV
and reported. More experts in their chosen field than other ministers. Decide the issues
that they are going to examine.
DISADVANTAGES ­ Government does not have to listen to…

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