House of Commons, United Kingdom

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

The UK public elects 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs consider and propose new laws, and can scrutinise government policies by asking ministers questions about current issues either in the Commons Chamber or in Committees.

Much of the work of the House of Commons takes place in committees, made up of around 10 to 50 MPs. These committees examine issues in detail, from government policy and proposed new laws, to wider topics like the economy.

The House of Commons is governed and managed by the group of MPs who make up the House of Commons Commission. The day to day running of the House is delegated by the Commission to the senior officials who form the House of Commons Management Board.

The official website of the House of Commons features Governance of the House of Commons (The House of Commons Administration explained, Freedom of information, Business and financial information); The work of the House of Commons (Parliament's role, Making laws, Committees, Briefing notes, Principal officers and staff); Members of the House of Commons; Working at the House of Commons; The Speakers (The role and history, Working with the Speaker, Parliament and the public, Lectures, events and speeches) and Parliament TV.

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Guide ID: 3140 - Last Updated: August 21, 2013