Parliament Gov and Politics Flashcards

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Where do government members sit?
Front bench.
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What do whips do?
Inform members about business, maintain party discipline and act as channels of communication between party leaders and back benchers.
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Who is the current speaker?
John Bercow.
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Who is the Lords speaker?
Baroness D'Souza.
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Controversies regarding the speaker?
The speaker should be neutral, but he used to be the Lord Chancellor so he wasn't deemed as neutral.
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What is bicameralism?
Where Parliament has 2 chambers.
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Roles of parliament?
Legitimising legislation, passing laws, scrutinising legislation, calling gov to account, representing voters and controlling executive power.
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What is the HOL made up of?
92 hereditary peers, 26 bishops/archbishops, and several life peers who have the right to sit in HOL for their whole lives. (e.g. Alan Sugar)
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What does the HOL contain?
Cross benchers who do not have a political view.
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Define accountability?
The device whereby Gov is accountable to parliament, meaning it must make itself available for criticism and must justify policies to parliament. Ultimately gov may be removed by Parliament. It can also mean that MP's are answerable to their elector.
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What is the Westminster model?
Description of British central political system which describes the fact that parliament is the central representative body that all power flows from. Also it states that gov is accountable to parliament and members of government have to be MPs.
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How many people on departmental select committees?
11-13 backbench MP's.
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What do select committees do?
Can question ministers, civil servants, advisers, and oversee the work of government departments.
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