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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.

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.

Which one of these is NOT one of the four Great Offices?
Foreign Secretary
Home Secretary
Prime Minister
Secretary of State for Justice
The fourth is the Chancellor of the Exchequer
The leader of the party that won the General Election is known as what?
The Main Player
The Party Chairman
The Prime Minister
The Speaker
The political parties choose their leader so the Prime Minister is elected by MPs and not the electorate
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
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
In the House of Commons, what is the chairperson known as?
The Boss
The Listener
The Mediator
The Speaker
The Speaker determines which members may speak and is also responsible for maintaining order during debates
How many seats are in the House of Commons?
Each seat is occupied by an MP representing the people in their constituency
What is a motion put before a Parliament by the opposition in the hope of defeating or weakening a government?
Booting out motion
Motion of crisis
Vote of no confidence
Vote of substitution
The opposition is usually the political party that came second in the previous general election
The Prime Minister chooses ministers for important Government departments. What do these ministers form?
The Cabinet
The Committee
The Opposition
The Workers
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is part of the Cabinet
In March each year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivers what kind of speech to the House of Commons?
Budget speech
Chancel speech
Easter speech
March speech
This is broadcast live
Reporters are allowed in the House of Commons during debates. Where do they sit?
Media Gallery
Press Gallery
Public Gallery
Reporter Gallery
The Press Gallery was first established in 1803
Author:  Frank Evans

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