Unit 2 Government & Politics AS Parliament

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What is the head of state?
The chief public representative of a country, such as a monarch or president
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What is the legislature?
The branch of government responsible for passing laws
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What is parliament?
An assembly that has the power to debate and make laws
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What is parliamentary sovereignty?
The doctrine that parliament has absolute legal authority within the state, i.e. that parliament can make laws on any matter it chooses, its decisions may not be overturned by any higher authority and it may not bind its successors.
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What is a backbencher?
An MP who does not hold a ministerial or shadow ministerial position
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What is a frontbencher?
An MP who holds a ministerial or shadow ministerial position
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What is a division?
A vote in parliament
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What is a whip?
Either a party official responsible for ensuring that MPs turn up to parliamentary votes and follow instructions, or an instruction to vote that is issued to MPs by political parties
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What is a bill?
A legislative proposal that has yet to complete the parliamentary and inviting comment
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What is an act?
A legislative proposal that has completed the legislative process and entered into law
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What is a green paper?
A government document setting out various options for legislation and inviting comment
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What is a white paper?
policy documents produced by the Government that set out their proposals for future legislation
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What is a public bill?
Public Bills are proposed changes to the law as it applies to the population in general. Almost all Public Bills that are successfully passed by Parliament are those introduced by the Government
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What is the committee of the whole house?
A meeting in which the full house of commons considers the committee stage of a public bill
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What is a private members bill?
introduced by individual MPs or members of the Lords rather than by the Government. As with other Public Bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population. Very few Private Members' Bills become law but, by creating pub
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What is secondary legislation?
An Act of Parliament (primary legislation) will often empower ministers to make further regulations within its scope after it has become law. These regulations are 'secondary' or 'delegated' legislation. Delegated legislation often takes the form of
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