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Learning about the workings of Parliament

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An excellent session!

House of CommonsAn introduction to Parliament was the topic of our most recent discovery sessions. Clare Mullin, of the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service ran 2 sessions for staff from 14 departments including HM Revenue and Customs, Department of Work and Pensions, Health and Safety Executive, Office of the Public Guardian and the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

Really interesting!

Clare explained the differences between Parliament and Government and spoke about the core tasks of Parliament, the role of the Monarch, how members of the House of Commons and House of Lords are elected, the process behind a passage of a Bill and the purpose of Select Committees.

Clare also shared with us some of the traditions involved in the working of Parliament such as the Woolsack in the House of LordsHouse of Lords, the State Opening of Parliament with Black Rod and the fact that, by tradition, the Chancellor may drink alcohol during the Budget Speech if they wish!

The session was very interactive and audience participation was encouraged from the start with a Parliamentary quiz and the opportunity to ask questions throughout.

I found the session content extremely interesting and just at the right level. I wasn’t overwhelmed with too much information. - Sharon Dore, Department of Work and Pensions

I have an interest in Politics and so found the Seminar very useful. I am also pleased that it will count towards my 5 days of learning and development. - Lesley Bennett, Health and Safety Executive

We hold regular discovery sessions on a range of topics.  If there is something you would like to learn more about please contact: Janice Smith

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