'Inside the Commons' broadcast on BBC Two

'Inside the Commons' broadcast on BBC
24 February 2015

The fourth and final episode of the Michael Cockerell documentary 'Inside the Commons' was broadcast on BBC Two on Tuesday 24 February 2015.

Following over a year of behind the scenes access to the House of Commons, the episode focused on major events in the Commons calendar such as the Budget Statement and Prime Minister's Questions, as well as the making of amendments to legislation and the cleaning of the Great Clock.

The House of Commons Commission agreed to allow access for the documentary film-crew on 15 July 2013.

Episode Four: Reinventing the House

The fourth episode of the series will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

Find out more about some of the subjects featured in this episode:

Select Committees

Select Committees work in both Houses. They check and report on areas ranging from the work of government departments to economic affairs.

Restoration

The Restoration and Renewal Programme has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect the heritage of the Palace of Westminster.

Recall of MPs Bill

The Recall of MPs Bill 2014-15 was introduced on 11 September 2014. Zac Goldsmith tabled a number of amendments that would have replaced the Government’s system of recall, triggered by a MP’s conduct, with a system that allowed voters to initiate a recall process.

Venue hire

The House of Commons is available for corporate hire offering 10 venues when the House is not sitting.

House of Commons Governance Committee

The House of Commons Governance Committee was established in September 2014. It recommended a package of reforms to improve the governance of the House of Commons.

Episode Three: Party Games

The third episode of the series will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

Find out more about some of the subjects featured in this episode:

Divisions

A vote in the House of Commons is known as a 'division'. Members vote by walking through either an Aye (yes) or a No lobby. Their names are recorded as they file past the clerks and are then counted by the Tellers.

Whips

Whips are MPs or Members of the House of Lords appointed by each party in Parliament to help organise their party's contribution to parliamentary business.

European Scrutiny Committee

The European Scrutiny Committee examines EU policies, draft legislation and institutional issues.

European Arrest Warrant

MPs debated a motion to approve the draft Criminal Justice and Data Protection (Protocol No. 36) Regulations 2014 in the House of Commons on Monday 10 November 2014.

Episode Two: Upstairs, Downstairs

Find out more about some of the subjects featured in this episode:

State Opening

The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen's Speech sets out the government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation.

Private Members' Bills

Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by MPs and Members of the Lords who are not government ministers.

Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall is the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate.

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee gives an opportunity to backbench MPs to bring forward debates of their choice.

Episode One: Lifting the Lid

Find out more about some of the subjects featured in this episode:

The Budget

The Budget Statement is presented to the House of Commons by the Chancellor of the Exchequer each year.

Traditions and Customs

This Commons Library briefing paper outlines a number of the lesser-known customs, procedures and behaviours of the House of Commons.

Women in Parliament

This Commons Library briefing paper shows how the number of women in Parliament has changed since 1918, when women first became eligible to be elected as MPs.

Restoration

The Restoration and Renewal Programme has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect the heritage of the Palace of Westminster.

Legislation: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

The final stage of the Bill’s passage through Parliament is Royal Assent, when the Bill becomes an Act of Parliament. A date for Royal Assent has yet to be set.

All episodes aired on BBC Two at 9pm (except in Scotland where it aired at 11.50pm).

Image: During the week of 18 August 2014, Parliament's Great Clock underwent essential maintenance. Parliamentary copyright/Stephen Pike.

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