What is the Purpose of Second Chambers in Modern Democracies? It is important to start a discussion about the importance of second chambers with the knowledge that no western democracy is without one (Docherty). In the United Kingdom the House of Commons is busier than any other second chamber in the world. The role of the House to discuss amendments and make decisions on whether they become Bills has become so large in volume that the first debate is on which ones will be debated (Russell)b.. A downfall of this system is that amendments are so large that they are at times in volumes which them too large to have all parts of the proposed Bill discussed. The House does more than debate amendments, but this process of debate hinders MPs from...The end:
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