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The main functions of the UK Parliament are to:
Parliament is made up of three central elements: the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Monarchy. The main business of Parliament takes place in the two Houses. Generally the decisions made in one House have to be approved by the other.
One of Parliament's main roles is to examine and challenge the work of the government through questioning ministers, debating and committee work
For new legislation to become law, or for changes to existing laws to be made, the House of Commons and House of Lords must both debate, amend and vote on the proposals.
Both Houses of Parliament hold debates in which Members discuss government policy, proposed new laws and topical issues of the day
Parliament is an essential part of UK politics and interacts on a daily basis with a number of important institutions
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