Parliament's international work
The UK Parliament works closely with other national and international parliaments and is an active member of various international parliamentary assemblies. Some of Parliament’s select committees focus on international matters too.
Foreign parliamentarians regularly visit our Parliament to study policy issues, share ways of working and exchange views. Members of the UK Parliament also make similar visits abroad.
The purpose of this work is to:
- exchange views
- improve understanding on issues of mutual concern
- develop good working relationships
- scrutinise and inform UK policies
Doing these things advances UK interests.
Mr Speaker and the Lord Speaker represent the two Houses to the Parliaments of other countries.
Interparliamentary Relations Office
The House of Commons Interparliamentary Relations Office supports incoming visits to the UK Parliament by overseas parliamentarians and parliamentary officials and provides advice and assistance to fellow parliaments on the practices and procedures of the UK Parliament.
It also supports the work of the delegations to the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe (PACE), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO PA) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA).
Lords Overseas Office
The Overseas Office is responsible for relations between the House of Lords and overseas parliaments. This includes advising and supporting the Lord Speaker; supporting Lords participation in international conferences; and supporting inward visits of Parliamentarians and officials.