Although Parliament is constantly in the news and televised daily, much of its work remains a mystery to outsiders and is sometimes perplexing even to its own members. This book provides a unique insight into the work and daily life of Parliament. It sets out plainly and intelligibly what goes on and why things happen, but it also analyses the pressures within the institution, its strengths and weaknesses, and ways in which it might change. Covering every aspect of the work, membership, and structures of both Houses - this book also reflects the profound changes that have taken place in Parliament over the years.A great reference for students of Politics who want to know more about the workings of this famous institution. Essential reading for anyone who wants to see behind the headlines and really understand how parliament works.