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A group of teenagers take a tour of the Houses of Parliament to find out how a bill becomes law. We learn about the role of committees in scrutinising proposed laws. We hear about the ping-pong effect, when legislation is repeatedly sent back between the Commons and the Lords. The teenagers also visit a division chamber, and we learn that MPs and Lords only have a few minutes to race to the division lobbies to vote. The teenagers also visit the Parliamentary archive to see where all Acts of Parliament are stored.
This clip is from:
Who Has the Power?
First broadcast:
18 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to illustrate how a law is made within the UK Parliament. To reiterate the message contained in the clip, students could undertake the role of an MP by voting 'aye' or 'nay' on current issues which may affect them. The teacher would present a controversial issue to student (eg 'should 16 year olds be allowed to vote?' or 'should national service be compulsory for all 17 year olds?') They are given one minute to consider their opinion on this topic, and to choose an appropriate side of the room (side 'aye' or side 'nay’) to stand by, based on their opinion. Students could then be asked to justify their point of view to others.