Saturday, May 17, 2014

Day Six! May 17, 2014 Houses of Parliament

   Today we toured the House of Parliament before the Westminster Abbey and finished the day at the Tower of London. The Houses of Parliament contains the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The House of Commons is similar to our House of Representatives and the House of Lords can be compared to our Senate in the United States. The House of Commons has more power than the House of Lords because the Lords can only hold the bill for 13 months, if no decision is made the House of Commons win. Taxes and finances are only debated in the House of Commons. Also, the Queen is banned from the House of Commons, can’t vote and can’t show opinion in public. In the House of Lords the government sits to the right of the Queen and the opposition sits to the left.  The House of Commons is symbolized by the color green and the House of Lords are symbolized by the color red. All laws in England have grown from the Magna Carta from 1215 which is similar to our constitution.  The House of Lords and the House of Commons are open to the public.

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