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1

how are MPs elected?

chosen through election to represent a constituency via first past the post

2

what are the 3 types of Lords?

- life peers
- hereditary lords
- 'lords spiritual'

3

What are the 3 functions of parliament?

- scrutiny
- pass legislation
- representation

4

How often a PMQs?

every Wednesday 12-12:30

5

How often are MQTs?

1 every day except Wednesday

6

give an example for PMQ?

David cameron once attacked Corbyn on his choice of suit

7

how are PMQs effective?

- televised -so public can see what happens
- PM more judged- show their leadership style
- house is full, more people+Qs
- PM has to attend - can't hide a no.10

8

how are PMQs ineffective?

- questions planned to make PM look good
-lack detail as only 30mins
- can't give detailed answers

9

how are MQTs effective?

- longer w/ more detail - able to prepare
-allows MPs to inform themselves about govt polioy - can raise issues of interest to their constituents

10

how are MQTs ineffective?

- boring
- less people, less often - due to number of govt departments, each department generally answers once a month

11

what are adjournment debates?

- allow commons to debate on something without question and the house must decide
- 30 mins @ end of each day

12

Who deals with e-petitions?

backbench business committee

13

give an example of an adjournment debate?

2015 - military action in Syria - govt. then lost vote

14

give an example of e-petition?

Donald trump e-petition, 1.8 million votes (no state visit)

15

how are adjournment debates effective?

- commons can raise important questions
- frequent + up to date

16

how are e-petitions effective?

- allows people to voice their opinions

17

how are adjournment debates ineffective?

- only 30 mins each day - not that much
- people might not have much info on debate
- not binding vote

18

what are opposition days?

opposition parties are allocated 20 days a year to propose subject topics for debate

19

give an example for opposition days?

post office + passport delays (see case studies)

20

how are opposition days effective?

- case study shows they are good as they can win
- opposition parties have a say

21

how are opposition days ineffective?

case study - mainly helped by public
- most don't actually happen
- govt chose when opposition days are

22

What do DSCs do?

scrutinise policy, administration and spending of each government department

23

example of DSC?

Treasury Committee
- examine policy, administration and policy of HM treasury

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how are DSCs effective?

- go into great detail when examining actions of govt.
- cross bench, so no govt. bias

25

how are DSCs ineffective?

govt. don't have to act on them - only have to reply

26

What % of DSC reforms are acted upon?

30%

27

What is functional/descriptive representation?

looks like what society looks like

28

Give 5 things an MP or peer could claim to represent?

age
gender
sexuality
ethnicity/religion
class

29

What are the 3 things an MP or peer could claim to represent? (not functional/descriptive)

electorate
party
constituency

30

why can an MP or peer claim to represent the electorate?

because of the doctors mandate e.g. Brexit / syria vote