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Question 1 of 24
The Commonwealth has no power over its members and it cannot suspend their membership:Correct
The Commonwealth has no power over its members, although it can suspend membership.
Question 2 of 24
Which TWO of the following are environmental charities?Correct
The National Trust and Friends of the Earth are environmental charities.
Question 3 of 24
How often are elections held for the National Assembly for Wales?Correct
The National Assembly has 60 Assembly members (AMs) and elections are held every four years using a form of proportional representation.
Question 4 of 24
What is the name given to the person appointed by local authorities to be the ceremonial leader of a particular council?Correct
Many local authorities appoint a mayor, who is the ceremonial leader of the council. In some towns, a mayor is elected to be the effective leader of the administration.
Question 5 of 24
What is the meaning of the term ‘first past the post’?Correct
MPs are elected through a system called ‘first past the post’. In each constituency, the candidate who gets the most votes is elected.
Question 6 of 24
Which court deals with the MOST serious criminal cases in Scotland, such as murder?Correct
In Scotland, serious cases are heard in a Sheriff Court with either a sheriff or a sheriff with a jury. The most serious cases in Scotland, such as murder, are heard at a High Court with a judge and jury.
Question 7 of 24
Who is the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth?Correct
The Queen is the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth.
Question 8 of 24
Who is the chief officer of the House of Commons?Correct
The Speaker is the chief officer of the House of Commons.
Question 9 of 24
What characterises the British constitution?Correct
The British constitution is not written down in any single document, and therefore it is described as ‘unwritten’.
Question 10 of 24
Who forms the judiciary?Correct
Judges (who are together called ‘the judiciary’) are responsible for interpreting the law and ensuring that trials are conducted fairly.
Question 11 of 24
Which court deals with minor criminal offences in Scotland?Correct
In Scotland, minor criminal offences go to a Justice of the Peace Court.
Question 12 of 24
If an MP dies or resigns, there will be a fresh election, which is known as:Correct
If an MP dies or resigns, there will be a fresh election, called a by-election, in his or her constituency.
Question 13 of 24
A person who has not paid enough National Insurance contributions will not be able to receive certain contributory benefits including (choose TWO options):Correct
Anyone who does not pay enough National Insurance Contributions will not be able to receive certain contributory benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance or a full state retirement pension.
Question 14 of 24
How are life peers appointed?Correct
Life peers are appointed by the monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Question 15 of 24
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, if an accused person is aged 18, the case will be heard in a Youth Court:Correct
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, if an accused person is aged 10 to 17, the case is normally heard in a Youth Court in front of up to three specially trained magistrates or a District Judge.
Question 16 of 24
The UN was set up after the First World War and aims to prevent war and promote international peace and security:Correct
The UN was set up after the Second World War and aims to prevent war and promote international peace and security.
Question 17 of 24
What is played at important national occasions and at events attended by the Queen or the Royal Family?Correct
The National Anthem of the UK is ‘God Save the Queen’ is played at important national occasions and at events attended by the Queen or the Royal Family.
Question 18 of 24
How many members does a jury have in Scotland?Correct
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland a jury has 12 members, and in Scotland a jury has 15 members.
Question 19 of 24
How can you visit the Northern Ireland Assembly (choose TWO options)?Correct
There are two ways to arrange a visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont. You can either contact the Education Service (details are on the Northern Ireland Assembly website at http://www.niassembly.gov.uk) or contact an MLA.
Question 20 of 24
Most citizens of the UK, the Irish republic or the Commonwealth aged 18 or over can stand for public office, except for (choose THREE options):Correct
Members of the Commonwealth aged 18 or over can stand for public office. There are some exceptions, including: members of the armed forces, civil servants and people found guilty of certain criminal offences.
Question 21 of 24
On which of the following issues the Northern Ireland Assembly CANNOT make decisions?Correct
The Northern Ireland Assembly can make decisions on issues such as education, agriculture, the environment, health and social services. It cannot make decisions on planning issues.
Question 22 of 24
In which city is the Scottish Parliament building, also known as Holyrood, located?Correct
In Scotland the elected members, called MSPs, meet in the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood in Edinburgh.
Question 23 of 24
What name is given to the elected members of the Scottish Parliament?Correct
Elected members of the Scottish Parliament are known as Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).
Question 24 of 24
The public can listen to debates in the Palace of Westminster from public galleries located in:Correct
The public can listen to debates in the Palace of Westminster from public galleries in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
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