How Parliament works

Find out what happens at Parliament, how your MP represents you and how Parliament checks up on the work of Government.

Daily business

What happens in Parliament on a regular basis, including Question Time, Ministerial Statements and Early Day Motions.

Making laws

Find out the difference between Bills and Acts, types of Bills and what stages they go through to become law.


Explanation of the main types of committees: Select, Joint and General.

Elections and voting

Elections and voting

Find out how Members of Parliament are elected to the House of Commons, how the Parliamentary constituency system works and what happens at the dissolution of Parliament.

Find Your MP

Parliament and the Government

What is the difference between Parliament and the Government?

Parliament and the Government are different. Find out about their different roles and responsibilities.

Related information

How does a Bill become Law?

How does a Bill become an Act? Our guide shows a Bill's journey through Parliament - find out what happens at each stage

For schools

Resources for 7-18 year olds explaining how Parliament works.

Living Heritage

Learn about the history of Parliament's role

Parliament and women

News, events and research from the UK Parliament on women’s rights and representation – yesterday and today