Guides to Parliament

Parliament is made up of two distinct Houses; the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Each House has its own administration to support it, including two seperate public information offices. 

House of Commons Information Office publications

The House of Commons Information Office answers enquiries on the work, history and membership of the House of Commons. It also produces a range of publications about the House which are available for free in hard copy on request.

Read short, informative descriptions of the parliamentary estate, state occasions and the principle office holders in the House of Commons.

Learn more about how laws are made and the work of MPs.

Browse our extended descriptions about the House of Commons, its history and membership.

Read about the role of an MP and our guides to Parliament in a range of foreign languages.

House of Lords Information Office publications

The House of Lords Information Office acts as a central service for answering queries from Members, staff, the press and the public. The illustrated 'The work of the House of Lords' describes the work of the House with examples drawn from the previous session.

Parliamentary Bookshop

The Parliamentary Bookshop provides access to the full range of Parliamentary and related publications as soon as they are available.

Related information

Contact the House of Commons Information Office

The HCIO produces a number of regular publications that include:


Can't find what you're looking for?  Read answers to Parliament's most frequently asked questions:

Research material

Read House of Commons Library briefings about topics and issues discussed in Parliament.