606. Parliamentary scrutiny of government acts and policy.

An important role of the House of Commons, and to a lesser extent of the House of Lords, is the scrutiny of the work of ministers and government and the imposition of individual1 and collective2 ministerial responsibility.

Backbench members of Parliament may ask questions3 of ministers in order to elicit information and to air concerns. Redress of grievance for members of the public is sought through the asking of parliamentary questions4. Ministers are, in principle, expected to answer parliamentary questions, although there are a number of accepted grounds on which questions may not be admitted5, or answers may be refused6.