The programme of Parliament has two main components - parliamentary sessions (when work is done in plenary groups and committees and constituency periods.

During constituency periods MPs have a duty to:

  • Be available to the public
  • Help solve problems and
  • Report back to their constituents on what is happening in Parliament

The purpose of these periods is to encourage MPs to remain in contact with the people they represent.

Parties are entitled to a monthly allowance for each MP to run a constituency office, and each political party makes its own constituency arrangements.

Most constituency offices employ an administrator to be available to the public even when Parliament is in session. Contact the political party you support to find out about constituency offices in your area.