The Work of Parliament Y9

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The Work of Parliament Y9

  1. 1. The Work of Parliament
  2. 2. Key Words <ul><li>Accountable – has to answer for their actions and be punished if they get it wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Scrutiny – checking that everything is being done properly </li></ul><ul><li>Representative democracy – where the public elects representatives (MPs) to make decisions and laws on their behalf </li></ul><ul><li>Sovereign – has complete power </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lesson Objectives <ul><li>To understand what Parliament does </li></ul><ul><li>To understand the role of the Queen and the public in Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>To understand how laws are made by Parliament </li></ul>
  4. 4. Features of Parliamentary Democracy <ul><li>Elections are held to choose people to represent each area of the country in Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Parliament chooses the government and makes the laws </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone has the right to vote over the age of 18 (except prisoners) </li></ul><ul><li>Parliament is sovereign (in charge) </li></ul>
  5. 5. The role of the Queen <ul><li>The Queen leads ceremonies like the State Opening of Parliament each year </li></ul><ul><li>The Queen meets with the Prime Minister each week to discuss important issues of the day </li></ul><ul><li>The Queen signs every Act of Parliament (law). This is called the “Royal Assent” </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Role of the Public in Parliament <ul><li>To vote for MPs to represent their constituency (area of the UK) </li></ul><ul><li>To tell their MP what they want to change about Britain so their MP can bring it up in Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>To reject governments that have performed badly by not voting for them at the next election </li></ul>

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