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How laws are made

Last Updated: Saturday March 12 2005 14:32 GMT

A bill

Houses of Parliament

Parliament acts like a factory that makes laws. To make a law you start with a bill.


A bill is an idea that someone thinks will make a good law.

Government Sponsored Bill

The idea normally comes from the government. This is called a government sponsored bill.

Private Member's Bill

It can also come from an ordinary MP. If it does it is called a private member's bill.

Guide to How laws are made