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CLIP 14327

Commons questions

Commons questions
Key Info
  • Commons questions
  • Duration: 02:06
  • The way in which individual MPs can put questions forward and the different types of questions they can use in the House of Commons are examined. The Commons sit from Monday to Thursday and start each day with questions. This is a time for MPs to ask questions of the cabinet and the Speaker referees the questioning. There are three types of questions - attacking questions from the opposition, defensive questions from the government's own backbenchers and those questions from either side, aimed at highlighting issues that MPs want to be discussed.Broadcast on BBC News as part of a series of reports on the 'A to Z of Parliament'.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies


    Politics and Government: The Democratic and Electoral Processes

  • Keywords: politics, parliament, House of Commons, political parties, MP, government, democracy, commons questions, Speaker, AtoZofParliament, BBC News
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to teach about how the House of Commons works, in particular how MPs can call each other to account within Commons discussions.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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