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 separate 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 principal office holders in the House of Commons.

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

Information on MPs and the House of Commons in an easy read format

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 Information Office produces a range of public information resources. These include:

  • Work of the House of Lords – reporting on the last parliamentary session
  • guides to work in the chamber and committees
  • briefings on the role and work of the House, its membership, select committees and its history

Order or download free House of Lords publications

Parliament and Constitution Centre

The Parliament and Constitution Centre provides a focus for the House of Commons Library's work on Parliament and the Constitution.

This includes a number of background papers explaining in detail aspects of Parliamentary procedure and practice.

Houses of Parliament Shop

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

Related information

House of Commons Chamber Film - Guide to the Chamber

In this chapter of our film the Serjeant at Arms guides you through the Chamber of the House of Commons

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.

For schools

A friendly, colourful PDF leaflet offering an overview of the Palace of Westminster and the work of MPs and Peers.