Read transcripts of debates in both Houses
Track the progress of new laws through Parliament
Search for Members by name, postcode, constituency and party
Learn about their experience, knowledge and interests
Find out about the role of Parliament’s two Houses
Learn about the history and evolution of Parliament
Find out how you can get involved in the work of Parliament
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One of Parliament's main roles is debating and passing laws.
Find out why new laws are made and how they are developed.
Draft Bills are Bills issued for consultation before being formally introduced to Parliament
A Bill is a proposal for a new law, or a proposal to change an existing law that is presented for debate before Parliament.
How does a Bill become an Act? Find out the stages a Bill goes through before it becomes law.
An Act of Parliament creates a new law or changes an existing law.
Delegated or secondary legislation is usually concerned with detailed changes to the law made under powers from an existing Act of Parliament.
Although rarely used, the Parliament Acts provide a way of solving disagreement between the Commons and the Lords.
This chapter looks at the important role of the House of Commons in agreeing the laws that affect everyone in the UK
We carry a full list of Bills before Parliament - with complete texts, amendments and all proceedings. You can follow the progress of legislation on this site by accessing our Bills and Legislation section.
Lawmaking explained, for 11-18 year olds:
Investigate the relationship between Parliament and the citizen and how dialogue, representation and protest have brought about progressive legislation and changes in society