Discuss the advantages of law making in Parliament
There are many advantages within the law making system. One of the main advantages is that a law is made by our elected representatives, making it democratic. The House of Commons is an elected body which could potentially be changed every five years due to a general election, if the government has not performed as the public expected. However, the public vote in the MP’s within the House of Commons, therefore the HOC has the public’s support with certain decisions making it efficient. On the other hand, the House of Lords is not elected but is made up of a wide variety of people with different background and specialised expertise therefore allowing decisions that are made to be less biased and more thorough.
Acts of Parliament, otherwise known as primary legislation, will progress through the House of Lords and the House of Commons regardless of which house a Bill was first raised and the five stages that it has to go through in each house include intense scrutiny. This is an advantage as the public knows that there is a great amount of detail and consideration going in to these stages to make a brand new law. The scrutiny in making these laws is intense and every stage is thoroughly gone through.
A key advantage of the legislative process is that it is strongly controlled by the Government, and the bigger the Government’s majority the greater that control. Almost all legislation is initiated by the Government and even backbench MPs of the party in power have relatively little scope to influence its content. The advantage of this system of strong Government control is that the party elected can implement the manifesto on which it was given a mandate by the Electorate.