9 Facts About British Parliament

1. British Parliament is bicameral but has three parts, consisting of the sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons (the primary chamber).

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2. House of Lords is known formally as, "The Right Honourable The Lords Spiritual and Temporal in British Parliament Assembled," the Lords Spiritual being bishops of the Church of England and the Lords Temporal being Peers of the Realm.

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3. Each Member of British Parliament is chosen by a single constituency by the First-Past-the-Post electoral system.

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4. State Opening of British Parliament is an annual event that marks the commencement of a session of the British Parliament of the United Kingdom.

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5. Session of British Parliament is brought to an end by a prorogation.

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6. Each British Parliament comes to an end, after a number of sessions, in anticipation of a general election.

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7. The motions sometimes take the form "That this House has [no] confidence in His Majesty's Government" but several other varieties, many referring to specific policies supported or opposed by British Parliament, are used.

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8. Additionally, each Member of British Parliament is entitled to table questions for written answer.

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9. Quasi-official emblem of the Houses of British Parliament is a crowned portcullis.

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