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An introduction to Parliament

Houses of Parliament

We are pleased to bring you two dates for Introduction to Parliament courses, being delivered by the Parliamentary Capability Team in Cabinet Office.

Civil servants at all grades and from any location can attend. These sessions are particularly useful for those new to the Civil Service or new to learning about Parliament. Even if you don’t currently work with Parliament, it still affects your work regardless of your role, and attending the workshops will help you contribute to the Civil Service behaviours of ‘seeing the big picture’ and ‘developing self and others.’  Most attendees so far have been from the London area and we'd really like to attract some interest from colleagues across the UK at all grades.

The course is made up of two parts:

  1. A 45 minute e-learning module (to be completed before the date of your chosen workshop). The e-learning will take you through the basics of the UK Parliament. It will describe what the UK Parliament is, and why it is important that civil servants understand parliamentary procedures, before briefly looking at how MPs and members of the House of Lords scrutinise the government.
  2. A 1 hour remote workshop. This session, facilitated by experts seconded from the UK Parliament, will put what you have covered in the e-learning into context. You will understand how MPs and Members of the House of Lords check and challenge the work of the government and see this applied to real-life examples.

Open to

Any UK Civil Servant

Dates

24 September 2021 10am to 11am or

27 October 2021 10am to 11am

Time

E-learning 45 minutes, workshop 1 hour

How to book

Book your preferred date using this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/civil-service-local-introduction-to-parliament-online-workshop-tickets-168912230027. Then log on to the Civil Service Learning portal, skip step 1 for booking and complete the e-learning.

Please note the workshop will be delivered using Microsoft Teams

Parliamentary Desk Aids

The team also have desk aids, which are designed to give you useful and practical information while you work. They provide information on how to respond to specific parliamentary processes, including documents and information you need to produce, the people you may need to speak to, and any deadlines or timescales to be aware of.

Desk aids are currently available from the Civil Service Learning website on the following topics:

● parliamentary questions (PQs)
● ministerial statements
● debates
● select committees
● toolkit for bill teams
● secondary legislation
● writing explanatory memorandums
● useful links for Parliamentary work

If you have any questions please email the Parliamentary Capability Team at parliamentarycapability@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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10 comments

  1. Comment by Alison Nicholls posted on

    Hi. I have just received notification of this and wanted to book for October but both dates are already sold out. Will there be more please?

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      Comment by Stewart Osgood posted on

      Hi. I would also like to know please? Perhaps the dates haven't been made available yet?

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        Comment by Heidi Stephens posted on

        We are checking with the team delivering these as they sold out very quickly. If they are able to run more sessions they will be advertised on the blog.

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      Comment by Heidi Stephens posted on

      We are checking with the team delivering these as they sold out very quickly. If they are able to run more sessions they will be advertised on the blog.

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  2. Comment by Bev Rees posted on

    Hi, I was about to do the same as were a number of my colleagues so I ask the same question as Alison, will there be more sessions? Thanks

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      Comment by Heidi Stephens posted on

      We are checking with the team delivering these as they sold out very quickly. If they are able to run more sessions they will be advertised on the blog.

      Reply
  3. Comment by Ann-Marie McNutt posted on

    I would also like to book onto this course. As it is e-learning/remote sessions I assume adding more courses will be possible to arrange. If this is the case will we receive an e-mail via the usual CS Local dist lists?

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      Comment by Heidi Stephens posted on

      As mentioned in previous blog comments, these sessions have proved popular and we are working with the team on the possibility of more sessions. If we can provide further dates, these will go out on the blog for booking.

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  4. Comment by Sandy Purewal posted on

    This sold out so quickly. Are there likely to be more events?

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      Comment by Heidi Stephens posted on

      As mentioned in previous blog comments, these sessions have proved popular and we are working with the team on the possibility of more sessions.

      Reply

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