The UK Parliament is made up of two chambers or ‘Houses’ – the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
The House of Commons is made up of representatives called Members of Parliament (MPs). Each MP represents a part of the UK called a ‘constituency’ or ‘seat’. The political party with the most MPs in the House of Commons forms the Government. This is currently the Conservative Party.
The Government proposes new laws and raises issues for Parliament to debate. It also puts into action the decisions made by Parliament.
Members of the House of Lords scrutinise the work of the House of Commons.
The Queen also has an important role to play in the UK Parliament, although it is mostly ceremonial.
She approves laws made by Parliament and delivers the Queen's Speech which sets out what the Government plans to do each year.