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Parliament Explained podcasts

In these podcasts, presenter Meera Syal talks about how UK Parliament works including talking about what Parliament is, how Parliament examine and check the work of the Government, and how you can get involved.

During this politically impartial series, Meera is joined by staff from the House of Lords and the House of Commons, including Regional Outreach Officers, Clerks, Committee Specialists and Doorkeepers, who talk about their roles and areas of expertise.

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The series is made up of the following six episodes:

  • Episode 1 – Parliament or Government?

Discover the difference between Parliament and the Government, how the Government is formed, and the roles of the Shadow Cabinet, backbenchers, crossbenchers and the Whips.

Read the full script for Episode 1.

  • Episode 2 – What happens in Parliament?

Meet the doorkeepers of the House of Lords and the House of Commons to find out what a typical day in Parliament involves.

Read the full script for Episode 2.

  • Episode 3 – Scrutiny: Questions and Debates

Hear how Parliament uses questions and debates to check and challenge the work of the Government.

Read the full script for Episode 3.

  • Episode 4 – Scrutiny: Select Committees

Discover another vital tool of Parliamentary scrutiny - 'select committees' of MPs and Lords who check and challenge the work and spending of the Government.

Read the full script for Episode 4.

  • Episode 5 – Making and Changing Laws

Learn how draft laws are debated and improved as they make their way through the House of Commons and the House of Lords before they can become the law of the land.

Read the full script for Episode 5.

  • Episode 6 – Get Involved

Hear how you can get involved in your UK Parliament. From contacting your MP or a member of the Lords to sharing your views with a select committee, and of course by voting, you can have your say in how the country is run.

Read the full script for Episode 6.