Understanding Parliament is an introductory, half-day seminar designed to highlight the vital processes of Parliament and the crucial differences between the practices of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. This session provides a detailed insight into the structure, legislative process and key terminology used within Parliament. The course is delivered on the Parliamentary Estate.
This programme will be held within the Parliamentary Estate.
This course will enable delegates to gain an appreciation of the fundamentals involved in parliamentary process including:
- The structure of Parliament, the roles and responsibilities of each House and the interaction between both.
- The passage of a Bill through Parliament. This includes: an introduction to the different types of Bills; who can introduce a Bill and the passage of a Bill through both chambers to Royal Assent.
- The role and purpose of Select Committees, including Commons and Lords Select Committees, Joint Committees and the various power and limitations of each.
- The function of Parliamentary Questions; Oral and written in both Houses.
- In addition, the group will take a tour of Parliament (business permitting) to see the Parliamentary Estate first hand.
Who should attend
This course is important for anyone who may come into working contact with Parliament or who works in an environment which is directly related to Parliament and possesses an interest in developing their parliamentary knowledge.
It is well suited to company personnel, civil servants and academics interested in achieving a strategic overview of the inner workings of Parliament.