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Examples of public policy.   Question 1 of 12. Which of the following does public policy affect?

The Queen, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. (Images from the Parliament Flickr channel).


Question 2 of 12. Parliament is where important decisions are made about public policy that affect everyone in the country.  The British Parliament is made up of The Queen, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. But what does Parliament actually do?

The Queen arrives to open Parliament. (


Question 3 of 12. Select the Queen's role(s) in Parliament from the list below?

Margaret Thatcher, Waheed Alli, Alan Sugar, Bishop Scott-Joynt


Question 4 of 12. The House of Lords is part of Parliament. There are around 740 members (called 'peers') in the House of Lords. Which of these are a member of the House of Lords?


Question 5 of 12. Like the House of Lords, the House of Commons is also a part of Parliament. Who is in the House of Commons?

Question 6 of 12. Watch the following video about how a new law (which starts as a 'bill') is formed.



If neither the House of Commons or the House of Lords can agree on whether a law should be created, what happens? (Hint: Try Googling the ban on fox hunting law, passed in 2004).

The first Cabinet meeting in May 2010. (


Question 7 of 12. Within the government, the Cabinet is the supreme decision-making body. It is a committee chaired by the Prime Minister who selects its members (with the occasional exception) from MPs in the House of Commons. Members of the Cabinet are called Ministers. Which of the following public policy areas does the Cabinet deal with?

Whitehall. (


Question 8 of 12. What is the important purpose(s) of the Civil Service?

Devolution map.


Question 9 of 12. 'Devolution' means that some of the decision making is decentralised. As well as the UK parliament in London, there is also the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly. Is it true or false that MPs in Scotland and Wales can vote on public policy issues that only affect people living in England?

Local councils.


Question 10 of 12. Although the UK is a unitary state (i.e. a country with a central government), many public services are provided at a local level by councils. For example, heath and social care, town planning and building, community projects. What do local councillors do?

Political parties.


Question 11 of 12. Members of Parliament (MPs) who sit in the House of Commons (and sometimes also the Cabinet) are elected during a country's general election. Each MP represents one of 650 different areas in the country, called 'constituencies'.


Each MP is nearly always linked to a political party. Which of the following combinations of parties currently (2011) have MPs in the House of Commons in Parliament?


Buildings in Westminster, London. (


Question 12 of 12. Where are the House of Commons (where the MPs sit) and the House of Lord located?