House of Assembly

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House of Assembly is a name given to the legislature or lower house of a bicameral parliament. In some countries this may be at a subnational level.

Historically, in British crown colonies as the colony gained more internal responsible government, the House of Assembly superseded the (usually unelected) Legislative Council as the colonial legislature, often becoming the lower house.

List of Houses of Assembly[edit]

Extant[edit]

National[edit]

Country Body Type Established Notes
 Anguilla House of Assembly Unicameral
 Bahamas House of Assembly Lower House
 Barbados House of Assembly Lower House
 Bermuda House of Assembly Lower House 1620 Bicameral since 1968
 British Virgin Islands House of Assembly Unicameral 1773
 Dominica House of Assembly Unicameral
 Kiribati House of Assembly Unicameral 1979
 Saint Lucia House of Assembly Lower House
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines House of Assembly Unicameral
 Swaziland House of Assembly Lower House
 Turks and Caicos House of Assembly Unicameral 2006
 Zimbabwe House of Assembly Lower House 1965

Sub-national[edit]

Country Region Body Type Established Notes
 Australia South Australia House of Assembly Lower House 1857
 Australia Tasmania Tasmania Lower House 1857
 Canada Nova Scotia House of Assembly Unicameral 1758 Lower House until 1928
 Canada Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly Unicameral
 Nigeria Kano State House of Assembly Unicameral
 Nigeria Lagos State House of Assembly Unicameral 1979
 Nigeria Ondo State House of Assembly Unicameral 1976
 Nigeria Rivers State House of Assembly Unicameral 1979
 Trinidad and Tobago Tobago House of Assembly Unicameral 1980

Defunct[edit]

National[edit]

Country Body Type Established Disestablished Notes
Cape Colony flag.png Cape Colony House of Assembly Lower House 1853 1910
 Gibraltar House of Assembly Unicameral 1969 2006
 Jamaica House of Assembly Unicameral 1664 1865
 Papua New Guinea House of Assembly Unicameral 1964 1975
 South Africa House of Assembly Lower House 1910 1994 Lower House until 1981, unicameral 1981–84, White house in the Tricameral Parliament 1984–94

Sub-national[edit]

Country Region Body Type Established Disestablished Notes
 Australia Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly Unicameral 1979 1986

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