In the United Kingdom, the executive (or the government, as it is more commonly called) and the legislature (ie Parliament) have a close relationship with one another. This is because (among other things) most government ministers are MPs (ie members of the House of Commons) and the government (normally) has a majority of MPs in the House of Commons. It is also significant that the government exercises a high degree of control over the parliamentary timetable, which determines when and for how long matters are debated and bills (legislation) are progressed. Whether this is a good or a bad thing is a matter of perspective. On the one hand, it makes for what might be considered an efficient system: the government can usually get its business through Parliament. On the other hand, this may make us question whether Parliament is subject to too much control or influence by the government — and, therefore, whether Parliament is in too weak a position when it comes to overseeing the government and holding it to account.