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Key characteristics of Parliamentary government

-Fusion of Powers between the executive and the legislature
-Government is accountable to Parliament, can be removed via a vote of no confidence
-Collective government, executive is led by Prime Minister who is Primus inter pares (first among equals)
- Monarch is the head of state
- Leader of the largest party becomes PM


What is the word for 'two chambers'?



What is the Lower house called and what is its purpose?

It is the dominant chamber b/c it's elected. The two main powers it has are
- Parliamentary Sovereignty
- Motion of no Confidence/ Vote of no confidence


What is Parliamentary Sovereignty?

-Sovereignty is the unrestricted power and authority
- As the UK has an uncodified constitution, Westminster has the ultimate law making authority
-Parliament is the highest power in the land


What is a vote of no confidence?

It's when the HoC can remove a government by voting to remove them. It is by convention of collective ministerial responsibility states that the entire government must reign and Parliament is dissolved.


When was the last time this happened?

In 1979 with James Callaghan's Labour government, who did not have a parliamentary majority


What are the main characteristics of Westminster Model

The traditional British political system comprised of:

- Parliamentary sovereignty,
- An uncodified constitution,
- Cabinet government,
- A unitary state


What is the House of Lords?

This is the upper chamber, this is the unelected and is subordinate to the House of Commons


How long can the House of Lords delay bills

Up to one year


What did the Parliament Act do? (1949)

It said that the House of Lords can delay bills for up to a year


What did the Parliament Act do? (1911)

This stopped the HoL blocking bills indefinitely, it restricted the vetoing power to Parliamentary sessions (2 years)

-This prevented the House of Lords from delaying 'money bills'


What can the House of Lords do to bills?

They can propose amendments to bills except money bills


What is the Salisbury Convention?

That the House of Lords is not allowed to block bills that were already voted in the manifesto, or tax bills


What are Hereditary Peers?

Hereditary peers are those who have inherited their position in the House of Lords


What happened to Hereditary Peers?

At the House of Lords Act (1999) ended the right of all but 92 hereditary peers, there used to be 750


What are Life peers?

Life Peers were instated during the Life Peerages Act (1958) An independent House of Lords Appointment Commission recommends individual for appointment. Lord Alan Sugar Lord Mendelson


What are the Lords Spiritual?

The two most senior archbishops and 24 senior bishops of the Church of England


How many woman peers?

There are 147 woman peers in 2010- 21% compared to 9% at the 1999 reform


What does the Monarchy do?

The Royal Assent

Appointing the PM

Dissolving Parliament

The Queen's speech


What is the royal assent?

The Monarch signs every bill before it becomes an act, Parliamentary Sovereignty under a constitutional Monarchy


Appointing the PM

The leader of the largest party in the HoC is invited to form a government