Government 02
How many seats are in the House of Commons?

Government 02

This KS3 Citizenship quiz takes a second look at government. The full, formal style and title of the House of Commons is 'The Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled', which is a bit of a mouthful! A Parliament is the period of time between general elections. It is split into sessions. Sessions don't have a fixed length but they usually last a year, from one spring to the next spring. During each session, there are breaks (called recesses). In between these breaks, we say that Parliament is sitting. A sitting is a meeting of the House of Commons (or the House of Lords). The Speaker of the House of Commons chairs the debates between the MPs.

There are four Great Offices in a Parliament. They are the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary.

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Soon after a general election, the Prime Minister selects some MPs from their political party to form the Cabinet. These MPs are responsible for different government departments. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is in charge of the finances and, every year, must deliver the Budget. This is broadcast publicly so that the electorate (people who can vote) and anyone else can find out what changes the Government will make to taxes, allowances and government spending.

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  1. In the House of Commons, what is the chairperson known as?
    The Speaker determines which members may speak and is also responsible for maintaining order during debates
  2. What is a motion put before a Parliament by the opposition in the hope of defeating or weakening a government?
    The opposition is usually the political party that came second in the previous general election
  3. What is the Chancellor of the Exchequer responsible for?
    This involves deciding where Government will spend money and how they will raise the money needed to run the country
  4. How many seats are in the House of Commons?
    Each seat is occupied by an MP representing the people in their constituency
  5. Which one of these is NOT one of the four Great Offices?
    The fourth is the Chancellor of the Exchequer
  6. The leader of the party that won the General Election is known as what?
    The political parties choose their leader so the Prime Minister is elected by MPs and not the electorate
  7. The Prime Minister chooses ministers for important Government departments. What do these ministers form?
    The Chancellor of the Exchequer is part of the Cabinet
  8. In March each year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivers what kind of speech to the House of Commons?
    This is broadcast live
  9. The Chancellor holds up a Budget Box to the cameras. What colour is the box?
    The first Budget box was made for William Gladstone in about 1860. This was 'retired' in 2010 as it had become too fragile to use
  10. Reporters are allowed in the House of Commons during debates. Where do they sit?
    The Press Gallery was first established in 1803

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