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A to Z of Parliament quiz

Question 1
Hats out of the question

Members are not allowed to wear any headgear in the chamber. But in days gone by, top hats were obligatory under certain circumstances. When?

A: MPs were obliged to bundle petitions into a top hat in order to present them to Parliament
B: During a vote, when scenes in the chamber could get quite rowdy, MPs sported an eye-catching top hat to draw attention to themselves if they wanted to raise a point of order
C: The whips permitted rebellions against the party line, but only if the rebel MPs adhered to a strict dress code
D: Members were obliged to don a jaunty top hat if they planned to break out in song during their speech. Canes were optional
Question 2
'Ello, 'ello, 'ello...

The police presence in the palace of Westminster adheres to many historical conventions. But which of the following is traditionally not part of the parliamentary bobbie's duties?

A: Shouting "Hats off strangers!" when the Speaker passes through central lobby to kick off the day's business in the Commons
B: Roaming around the grounds calling out "Who goes home?" when the Commons rises
C: Exclaiming "Order! Order!" if the public gallery gets overly boisterous
D: Taking their helmets off if the Commons is still sitting after midnight
Question 3
The usual, please

In the palace of Westminster, how many bars and restaurants are there?

A: 9
B: 14
C: 17
D: 19
Question 4
Resigned to fate

Being elected to Parliament is a responsibility that an MP should not readily abandon, hence members are not allowed simply to resign. What do they usually do instead?

A: Ask their party leader to give them the sack
B: Disqualify themselves from sitting as an MP by committing gross misconduct
C: Ask the Speaker to "name" them, so that they are no longer allowed to take part in debates
D: Ask the chancellor for a new job - potentially based in the Chiltern Hills
Question 5
Put it on the bill

Backbench MPs can make their mark on the statute book in various ways. But which one of these is not an official route for an MP to change the law?

A: Table an amendment to a government bill
B: Make a ten-minute speech in support of a legislative proposal
C: Propose an early day motion - a bid to secure a debate on an "early day" in the session, i.e. soon
D: Win Parliament's legislative lottery - have their name pulled out of the hat in the private members' bill ballot
Question 6
You can't do that!

MPs are not permitted to do one of the following. Which one?

A: Chat with friends while a minister is making a speech
B: Blog on their blackberries during a debate
C: Take snuff in the chamber
D: Die in the Houses of Parliament
Question 7
My prerogative

One of the following procedures does not traditionally play a role on the day of the state opening of Parliament. Which one?

A: Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the palace of Westminster for gunpowder
B: The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, a senior Lords official, pops over to the Commons to invite MPs to listen to the Queen's Speech in the upper chamber, whereupon the door to the Commons is slammed in his face
C: MPs give a first reading to the Outlawries Bill, a piece of legislation that aims to provide "for the more effectual preventing clandestine Outlawries" but stands no chance of becoming law
D: Legislation that has passed all its parliamentary stages is formally approved by the sovereign in Norman French: "La Reyne le veult", or "The Queen wishes it"

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