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 & officers


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


Victoria Tower

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

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.

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


Images of Parliament

Parliament has many images, both modern and historic, some of which are on the UK Parliament flickr channel. You can also download pictures from our image gallery.

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

Follow Parliament on...

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

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

YouTube – films explaining the work and history of Parliament

Facebook – become a fan of Parliament on facebook

Friendfeed – all our social media content in one place

RSS – stay up to date with Parliament RSS

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

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

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

  • Parliament is open to all members of the UK public to tour the building and watch debates