Fptp Essay

354 WordsOct 19, 20142 Pages
The House of Commons has six main functions that they must carry out. These six main functions are; Legislative, Deliberative, Scrutiny, Recruitment, Legitimation and Representation. This essay will discuss what these functions entail and whether they are performed effectively. Firstly, the House of Commons has a legislative function. This is when they pass laws by government with the help of parliament. When a party wins the general election, for example labour in 1997, a government is formed consisting of various parties. This government then makes laws that become acts of parliament. Therefore, the legislation has to be passed by parliament. Most bills that are passed by parliament are government bills, however, some bills that are passed through parliament are private members bills. However, the number of effective bills passed depends on the governments schedule and not on the will of parliament to pass them. This is because it is the executive that draws up the Parliamentary timetable. This means that most issues discussed will be those which the government and not the House of Commons wants to discuss. When legislation suggested by backbenchers, Private Members Bills, are recommended they are largely ineffective without the governments support. Therefore bills can be passed which are not necessarily good pieces of legislation. However, although Parliament might not initiate a large amount of bills, it can persuade and influence the executive through active discussions. The House of Commons does not fulfil is function effectively. Secondly, the House of Commons fulfils its deliberative functions. This is when parliament debates certain important issues of the day. Views are exchanged between the government and opposition. This debating helps to resolve parliamentary issues, enhancing its effectiveness. On the other hand, to a certain extent it has not been
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