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How effectively does Parliament perform its functions?

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´╗┐Carlos Cortiglia How effectively does Parliament perform its functions? When we say Parliament we mean the Houses of Commons and the Lords, as well the monarchy. Parliament is the legislative branch of the government, its main functions include providing checks and balances for the government, this includes holding the government to account. It also functions to criticize bills put through parliament, the recruitment of ministers, the ability to make and unmake laws, representation, debate and dealing with grievances, which will often involve MPs questioning ministers after receiving mail from members of the public regarding how decisions have in some way harmed them. ...read more.

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This is done effectively as seen by the committees regarding the Iraq war and the committee established for the questioning of Sir Rupert Murdoch and his associates regarding the phone hacking scandal. Recruitment of ministers is an arguable failing of Parliament, as ministers tend not to stay in position for very long. But that's debatably down to the culture of British politics which demands someone's head when things go wrong. Parliament is very legitimate: not only does it have a supreme chamber which is elected, forms the government, and holds it to account, it also has a chamber of experts and independents who aid the Commons in its job while accepting its servicing role. ...read more.

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An example of this would be the Electoral and Representation Bill of 2012-13. The formation of government is a responsibility of Parliament, although this can be seen as unsuccessful at times as seen with the coalition currently in power within the United Kingdom. This is because the system in place for electing governments is not guaranteed to put in place a winner with a clear majority. Overall, Parliament performs its functions well seeing as the country is still functioning, laws are in place and people are not running riot in riot to Parliament. Because of the information given above and the functionality of the UK at this moment Parliament can be seen as performing its functions effectively. ...read more.

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