About Parliament

Parliament examines what the Government is doing, makes new laws, holds the power to set taxes and debates the issues of the day. The House of Commons and House of Lords each play an important role in Parliament's work.

How Parliament works

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

About MPs & Lords

Find out interesting information relating to the role and function of MPs, Lords and key officers across parliament.

Art in Parliament


Explore the Parliamentary Art Collection displayed across the Parliamentary Estate. The collection depicts the history of Parliament and British politics over centuries

Living Heritage

Living Heritage

Living Heritage offers an insight into the political, social and cultural roles Parliament has played in the development of British society over nearly a thousand years.


Image of staff of Parliament

Find out what it's like to work for Parliament, and the latest on current vacancies


Find out about Parliament. Browse a series of frequently asked questions about the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Watch & Listen

Watch our videos and listen to our podcasts covering a number of topics including the parliamentary estate, Private Members Bills and more


Find out how Parliament is committed to continually improving its environmental performance

Parliament and Women


Women in Parliament pages with news, events, research and resources on women's rights and representation in UK politics and government

Follow Parliament on...

TwitterTwitter – keep up to date with what's happening in Parliament

FlickrFlickr – images of the business, events and buildings of Parliament

YouTubeYouTube – films explaining the work and history of Parliament

FacebookFacebook – become a fan of Parliament on facebook

InstagramInstagram – images of Parliament, its events and activities

How does a Bill become law?

Our Passage of a Bill guide shows a Bill’s journey through Parliament – find out what happens at each stage.

Related links

  • The Parliamentary Archives provides access to Parliament's historic records

  • Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings in both Houses