Abstract: The UK Parliament is in a state of fl ux, refl ecting radical changes in British society and its political life, as well as rising demands to be more effective and accountable to public opinion. The rules and procedures by which Parliament operates, and political confl icts and pressures are resolved, are a vital element in the study and understanding of UK constitutional law. This article analyses the nature, scope and effects of parliamentary practice and procedure at Westminster, and how they are utilised by government ministers, the opposition and backbench members, for their respective political ends. It considers the impact of recent procedural changes and likely future developments.
Keywords: UK Parliament; parliamentary procedure; law and convention; standing orders; legislation; House of Commons; ministerial responsibility; select committees; House of Lords; public engagement; parliamentary reform
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