How effective is Parliament?

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How Effective is Parliament? The word effectiveness means that a product has the capability of producing the desired result. Effectiveness of Parliament is based around representation, scrutiny, its accountability, legislation and its quality and protection of rights. If they were able to do these to a high standard then they would be classed as being effective. The effectiveness of representation would be that Parliament and the parties within represent their constituents and sections of society and voice their opinions and queries often. The effectiveness of scrutiny in parliament involves the studying of a proposed legislation in detail to ensure that it is in the nations interest and that it is in accordance with the powers…show more content…
Any proposed amendments by the House of Lords have to be approved by the House of Commons, as this is where the government dominates, which can mean no amendments go through. Redressing Grievances means parliament will try to correct any mistakes that they have made. The public are given ‘The Right to Petition’ which gives the public the right to complain or seek assistance from the government without any fear of punishment. This can be linked in with Tension Release. This shows that the government can be fair however it cannot always be done as MPs lack enough time to deal with all the constituents grievances, although many will try their hardest to try to keep the public in their constituents on their side. It is very important that the government hear what the public have to say and address their dissatisfaction because otherwise there could be a real danger of major conflict breaking out such as demonstrations and possibly riots among the public. Parliament is very effective when dealing with the public and their interests and needs like when they redress public grievances to make sure they are listened too. However, parliament isn’t so effective on the representative side of things. This is because the electoral system that we use isn’t very fair and excludes smaller parties of a chance of being voted into parliament. This therefore means a large number of public votes have been
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