Laws go through several stages before they are passed by Parliament. The House of Commons and the House of Lords work together to make them.

They can include:

Draft legislation Edit

White papers outline proposals for new laws. Green papers ask for public comments before the white paper is published.

Bills are proposals for new laws or changes to existing ones. Once agreed by Parliament, they have to be approved by The Emperor or Empress before becoming law.

Acts of Parliament Edit

These are bills which have been approved by the Commons, the Lords, and The Emperor or Empress The relevant government department is responsible for putting the act into practice.