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Law making: how does it work?

This month, following a School visit to the Houses of Parliament, Years 5 and 6 learnt about Law Making in Great Britain.

Have you ever stopped and considered how a law becomes a law? If so, you’re in luck. The process of making a law is very complicated and takes a lot of thought. A law that has not been signed by the queen is called a bill. If you want to find out more about this intriguing process, read on.

Parliament is set in London and has been there for one-thousand years! Laws are not just to prevent crimes; they can keep you safe. If we did not have laws, we would be in great danger: you could murder and you wouldn’t be educated because there wouldn’t be any law to go to school.

The bill starts in the House of Commons where it is made. The idea is created and debated there, then the bill is sent to the House of Lords to be checked, changed and debated. Consequently, it will go back and forth between the House of Lords; this is called Parliamentary Ping-Pong.

Once the bill has been agreed by the two houses, it shall be sent to the Monarch. The Monarch will check the Bill; when she is happy with it, she will sign it. As a result, the Bill is now a law. Believe it or not, the Queen is not allowed to argue with the Bill once it has been discussed between the two houses: The Queen does not have as much power as the King and Queen did in the olden days.

As you can see, the law is a very important part of earth. I hope you have formed clearer views of this process and you know a lot more about it. One last thing to know is that there are three parts of Parliament: The House of Commons; the House of Lords; The Monarch. The argument over making a new law is vast and complicated.

This has to be debated thoroughly; otherwise, the new law will not be appropriate.

By Jenna Calver
Year 6

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