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British System of Government

Information on Britain's system of government.

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  • Strict New Rules for Foreign Students
    The Home Office, 7/30/2008
  • Government Departments On Track to Meet Challenges of the Future
    Cabinet Office, London, 7/17/2008
  • Results Of Britains First Global Visa Review
    The Home Office, 7/10/2020
  • 21st Century Challenges for Food in the UK
    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, London, 7/7/2020
  • Foreign Secretary David Miliband Interviewed on the Andrew Marr Show
    FCO, London , 6/16/2008


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    UK Government

    The United Kingdom is a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy. The House of Commons and The House of Lords, together with the Monarch, make up Parliament.

    Parliament passes laws, approves taxation and debates the major issues of the day. The Prime Minister heads the Government and appoints Ministers, who head individual Government departments.  

    Devolved Administrations

    The Scottish Parliament has legislative power over all devolved matters, i.e. matters not reserved to Westminster, or otherwise outside its powers. The Scottish Parliament has 129 members including the Presiding Officer.

    The National Assembly for Wales has power to make secondary legislation in the areas where executive functions have been transferred to it. The Assembly has 60 members including the Presiding Officer.

    The Northern Ireland Assembly has legislative authority in the fields previously administered by the Northern Ireland departments. The Assembly was re-created after 5 years of being suspended on May 8, 2007. 

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    • The Cabinet
      Current members of the British Government Cabinet with links to their biographical details, speeches and to their relevant governmental departments

    • E-Government
      This section covers all of the Government's plans for the internet and e-commerce

    • Elections in the UK
      Elections in the United Kingdom at European, national, regional and local level.

    • Prime Ministers Questions
      The Prime Minister answers questions every Wednesday while the House is in session.



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