Tours of Houses of Parliament• http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7F1A FC4FF75A3725&feature=plcp• Can you tell which is which?
House of Commons• Who is your local MP?• http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mps• How many MPs are there in the HC? http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and- offices/mps/• How often are MPs elected?• What ‘s the difference between the Government and Parliament?
House of Lords• Unelected and unpaid (expenses)• http://www.parliament.uk/business/lords/wh os-in-the-house-of-lords/members-and-their- roles/• Why have a second House?• What does it do?
Activity - In groups decide where each statement belongsRole of the House of Role of the House of Lords Role of the CrownCommons
How to behave in a mature democracy• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPEtYiKOx NU&feature=related
Bill to Act (Stages)FIRST READING formal – title & main aims introduced, quick vote, no debateSECOND READING main debate, Minister or promoter leadsCOMMITTEE STAGE clause by clause, Standing Committee 16-50 MPs, make amendmentsREPORT STAGE report back to house, amendments debated and voted onTHIRD READING review, final vote, send to other houseHOUSE OF LORDS similar processROYAL ASSENT becomes law
Passage of a Bill• http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/laws/fl ash-passage-bill/
Activity• In twos or threes arrange the stages that a Bill goes through in the correct order
Types of Bill• Public Bills – Government – Private Members• Private Bills• Hybrid Bills
How many Bills do you think are currently going through the parliamentary process?• http://services.parliament.uk/bills/
Homework• Read the chapter on Parliamentary law- making in a textbook• Research the different influences on Parliament and bring an example of an influence to class a week today – it can be a magazine or newspaper article (or screengrab), or a pamphlet• There will be a test this time next week
Advantages of Parliamentary law- making• Scrutiny• Democratic• Government control• The House of Lords• Flexibility
Disadvantages of parliamentary law- making• Undemocratic• Government control• Slow• Dated processes, language and statistics