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.

Contact the House of Commons Enquiry Service

The House of Commons Enquiry Service provides information on the work, history and membership of the House of Commons.

Our telephone enquiry service is open between 10am-12 midday and 2pm-4pm (Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays).


The House of Commons Enquiry Service produces a series of free publications which you can read online, or contact us to request copies.

House of Commons on Twitter

Follow @HouseofCommons for updates on the UK House of Commons Chamber.