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Making Laws - Why are Laws Needed?
Who Makes Them?

When you think of laws, what do you think of? Punishments, police, criminals? Laws aren't just there to stop bad things from happening. They can also help people sort out disagreements, protect people from dangerous situations and allow people to live their lives as they want to.

Laws don't stay the same; as life changes, so do laws. If laws always remained the same, women would be very restricted; children would be seen and not heard and sent out to work at an early age. So, laws reflect the kind of society in which we live.

Man behind bars with handcuffs

What would the world be like without laws? Chaotic? Peaceful? We have some clues from when things go wrong and people start to ignore the law. However, most people generally accept and obey the law. We probably don't question laws unless they're preventing us from doing something we really want to do.

Who's involved in making laws? Do ordinary people get much say in what laws are made? Who has the final say? How can bad laws be stopped from going ahead? It's all down to Parliament... and indirectly, of course, down to you.