House of Commons responsibilities.

The House of Commons is the chamber of Parliament elected by the public. The House of Commons debate the big political issues of the day and proposals for new laws.

Making new laws is one of Parliament’s most important tasks. First a bill is draftet and examined either by select committees in the Commons or Lords or by a joint committee of both Houses. A bill is a new law or a change of an allready existing one. A bill can start both in the House of Commons or the House of Lords, but has to be approved in the same form by both houses before becomming an act.

passage of a Bill

A drafted bill becomes a law or an act as soon as both houses approves. If an act is to be changed this happens through the passing of another Act or delegated legislation.

A delegated legislation lets the government change a law to certain degrees without having to push through a new act.

Another important role for the House of Commons are the debates. Debates are designed to assist MPs and Lords to reach an informed decision on a subject. Votes are often held to conclude a debate. Either approving a new law or not, or simply registering their opinion on a subject.


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