Changes in legislative authority

How the scope of Parliament's authority gradually widened and how it affected people across the globe


Parliament and Ireland

In 1264 the first parliaments were held in England and Ireland. This was the beginning of the long and complex development of a parliamentary tradition in both countries.

Act of Union 1707

The passing of Acts of Union by both the English and Scottish Parliaments led to the creation on 1 May 1707 of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. The Parliament of the United Kingdom met for the first time in October 1707

Related information

Find out about the role of the House of Commons and current business in the chamber

Listen to a tour of the Commons Chamber given by a visitors' assistant at the Houses of Parliament