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Get involved with parliament: Queen's Speech

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Get involved with parliament: Queen's Speech

  1. 1. Get involved with Parliament Queen’s Speech
  2. 2. Parliament’s Outreach Service • a free service from the Houses of Parliament • politically neutral • aims to increase knowledge and engagement with work and processes of Parliament
  3. 3. What is Parliament? House of Commons House of Lords The Monarch
  4. 4. What is the role of the Monarch? • politically neutral • signs off laws passed by Parliament (Royal Assent) • opens Parliament each year
  5. 5. What is the role of the House of Commons? • making and passing laws • holding the Government to account • representing constituents • approving the Budget and setting taxes
  6. 6. What is the role of the House of Lords? • making and passing laws • holding the Government to account • debating key issues • More time to scrutinise EU legislation
  7. 7. Parliament (Westminster) • Commons, Lords and Monarch • holds Government to account • passes laws Government (Whitehall) • some MPs and some Lords, chosen by the Prime Minister • runs Government departments and public services
  8. 8. Bills before Parliament: how to get involved When to contact an MP/Peer about a Bill: • Second reading • Committee stage • Report Stage • Third reading Where to find information online: Find an MP - www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ Find a Peer - www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/lords/ Speakers list - www.lordswhips.org.uk/todays-lists Bills - http://services.parliament.uk/bills/
  9. 9. Get involved with Parliament Other things to contact your MP or a Peer about or that you can be involved with directly: • Select Committees • Parliamentary debates • Parliamentary Questions • Petitions • All Party Parliamentary Groups
  10. 10. Your next steps... • Watch, read or attend a debate on a bill • Use http://services.parliament.uk/bills/ to find information on specific bills (e.g. Library briefing papers or amendment papers) • Use www.parliament.uk to research MPs and Lords with an interest in your issue • Write to an interested MP or Lord about your issue • Read the advice on submitting evidence to Public Bill Committees • Submit evidence to a Public Bill Committee
  11. 11. Where can I get information? • www.parliament.uk and @UKParliament • Commons Information Office 020 7219 4272 hcinfo@parliament.uk • Lords Information Office 020 7219 3107 hlinfo@parliament.uk • Parliament’s Outreach Service 020 7219 1650 parliamentaryoutreach@parliament.uk • Kate Anderson, Regional Outreach Officer for London and the South East andersonk@parliament.uk
  12. 12. Passage of a bill Bill starting in the House of Commons Bill starting in the House of Lords House of Commons House of CommonsHouse of Lords House of Lords Royal Assent Royal Assent

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