House of Commons

The general election took place on Thursday 7 May 2015. The House of Commons will return on Monday 18 May 2015 to elect the Commons Speaker and begin the process of the swearing-in of MPs. The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Wednesday 27 May 2015.

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.

Commons news

State Opening of Parliament 2015

Getting ready for the traditional ceremony at Westminster

Contact the Information Office

The House of Commons Information Office provides information on the work, history and membership of the House of Commons.

Our telephone enquiry service is open between 10am-12 midday and 2pm-4pm (Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays).

Publications

The HCIO produces a number of publications that include:

House of Commons on Twitter

Follow @HouseofCommons for updates on the UK House of Commons Chamber.

EDM database

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. The EDM database contains up-to-date information on the latest EDMs and signatures added to existing EDMs.

Members' financial interests

MPs must register any financial or non-financial interests that might reasonably be thought to influence their actions.