Accountability of Parliament

To be accountable (answerable for your actions) in a democracy, the public need to be able to vote for them or against them.

This was increasingly the case with the House of Commons.

However, the House of Lords was unelected and had considerable influence over the decisions and the power of the House of Commons. The 1911 Parliament Act reduced the power that the House of Lords had over the House of Commons:

  • the Lords ability to veto Bills passed by the House of Commons was curtailed
  • this was replaced with the ability to delay Bills from the House of Commons for two years only
  • the Lords could no longer interfere with any 'Money Bills’ - bills concerning taxation and government spending.
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