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Parliaments

chamber

noun

one of the sections of a parliament. In many systems there is a lower chamber such as the British House of Commons and an upper chamber such as the British House of Lords.

constituency

noun

a division of a country that elects a representative to a parliament

the Dail

the lower of the two houses of the Irish Parliament. The upper house is called the Senate.

diet

noun

the national parliament in some countries, for example Japan

dissolution

noun

the process of formally ending a parliament

dissolve

verb

to formally end a parliament

floor

noun

a place where discussions or debates take place, especially in a parliament

hung parliament

noun

a parliament in which no party has won enough seats to control the parliament and form the government

lower house

noun

part of a parliament, usually the larger part. The other part is called the upper house. In the UK, the lower house is the House of Commons.

order paper

noun

a list that shows the order in which different subjects will be discussed in Parliament on a particular day

parliament

noun

the period of time during which a particular parliament meets

parliamentarian

noun

a member of a parliament

parliamentarian

noun

an experienced politician who is good at using the rules of a parliament

parliamentary

adjective

relating to a parliament or suitable for a parliament

put down

to officially ask parliament or a committee to consider something and make a decision on it

question time

noun

an occasion when government ministers answer questions from other politicians in a parliament

the Scottish Parliament

a parliament that has power to decide many local matters in Scotland

seat

noun

a position as a member of a parliament, committee, court etc

seat

verb

to provide someone with a position as a member of a parliament, committee etc

second chamber

noun

the upper house in a parliament

sitting

noun

a period of time when a parliament or court meets

the Speaker

noun

the person who is in charge of political debates in some parliaments

surgery

noun

a period of time when people can visit their member of parliament (=elected political representative) to discuss problems

unparliamentary

adjective

breaking the official rules about good behaviour in parliament

upper house

noun

the part of a parliament of a country that is smaller and represents fewer people or is not elected at all. In the UK, the Upper House is the House of Lords, and in the US, it is the Senate.

take your seat

to begin work as a member of a parliament, committee etc

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chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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