Supporting Ministers in Parliament


Civil Service

The Industry and Parliament Trust continues to support the efficient administration of government by providing educational opportunities for public servants to gain a greater understanding of the UK Parliament. 

This master class focuses on the role of civil servants who support the work of ministers in Parliament.  Delegates will hear from two former Ministers, discussing what they expected from their civil servants and the ways in which they could be effectively supported. This course is delivered on the Parliamentary Estate and does include lunch.


The aim is to provide attendees with a guide to working with Ministers on their parliamentary responsibility and builds upon existing understanding of the inner mechanisms and processes of Parliament.

Delegates will:

  • Receive a brief recap on the core functions of Parliament including the passage of  legislation, the role of Parliamentary Questions and how Select Committees work 
  • Hear from former ministers about how they balanced their competing responsibilities and methods  to engage more effectively with their officials 
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of written and oral Briefings, Submissions and Ministerial Correspondence to Ministers.

Who Should Attend

For civil servants’ with an emphasis on those who are new to working with ministers or who have joined from the private sector. The training is a parliamentary Master class for those who have some understanding of the parliamentary process and would like to understand how they can support their Minister in a more effective and efficient way.

Course Details

Course date: 22 November 2017, 09.00 – 14.45
For more information email Mark Perry. 

Upcoming Training Dates

Select Committee Training
8 June 2017

Understanding Parliament
14 July 2017
8 September 2017

Legislation Training
27 October 2017

Parliamentary Questions
15 November 2017

Supporting Ministers in Parliament
22 November 2017 

Attachment Case Study

Two Days in the Life of an MP

Martin Chong, from the National Audit Office reports on his experiences of shadowing a Shadow Minister.

The Training Team

For further information including full programme details and prices, please contact:

Mark Perry
Training Coordinator
0207 839 9414