Introduction to Parliament and international assemblies

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10.1The United Kingdom Parliament sends delegations of Members of both Houses to a number of international parliamentary assemblies. Staff of both Houses have regularly provided professional support for the plenary meetings of the assemblies. There are also international parliamentary organisations of which Parliament, either directly or through a group or branch, is a member. The UK delegations to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and the Parliamentary Partnership Assembly of the European Union and the United Kingdom are supported by a small team of House of Commons staff. The work of the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly is supported by grants from the two Houses.