About the workshop
The Westminster model of parliamentary democracy has been adopted by legislatures around the world. When difficult questions of procedure arise, it is often from the people who run the UK Parliament that advice is sought. This workshop will introduce you to some of those people so that they can offer their perspective and answer questions. But the workshop offers more than that.
Parliament is not only what is contained in the pages of Erskine May. The daily routine of running a parliament requires the highest levels of expertise, and this workshop aims to offer you the chance to benefit from that.
Change is very much the order of the day in the 21st century, and parliaments are not immune from that pressure. But, as Westminster faces a major review into where it goes in the future, it is still influenced by where it was in the past, and the workshop looks in detail at how one of the busiest parliaments in the world arrived at where it is today.
A visit will be arranged to the Library of the Parliament. If a parliamentary committee is meeting, you will be invited to sit in and witness the proceedings. The visit will end with a visit to the Parlamentarium, the Parliament’s interactive multimedia experience.
Who is it for?
This one-week workshop is designed for senior parliamentary staff who face the daily challenge of meeting the demands of the elected Members and of ensuring the most effective and efficient functioning of their legislature. You will be in a position to compare arrangements back home with what is done in Westminster.
The workshop is designed to encourage you to engage and participate fully in discussions and the various presenters actively invite and encourage dialogue. The Workshop Director, himself formerly one of the most senior administrators in the House of Commons, is always present to facilitate and contribute to that conversation.
How participants will benefit
During the workshop you will be able to:
- Gain an insight into the respective cultures of the elected House of Commons and the wholly appointed House of Lords, comparing their different administrative structures
- Question administrators and service providers on the day-to-day functioning of the House of Commons and the House of Lords
- Hear first-hand from an elected Member on an MP’s work and the experience of serving constituents in the world’s oldest major democracy
- Against the background of developments at Westminster, examine the role and workings of your own Parliament and consider how to contribute to its improved efficiency.