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Parliamentary Questions Workshop

2nd October 2018

An analysis of Written and Oral Questions in the Commons and the Lords, and a practical workshop on how to respond to them, as well as other forms of Parliamentary Scrutiny

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the different types of PQs
  • Understand the different procedures and timescales for PQs in the Commons and the Lords
  • Understand both how and why MPs and Peers table Parliamentary Questions
  • Understand the requirements of Ministers
  • Understand the role and requirements of clerks and other staff who are involved in the PQs process
  • Increase ability to provide effective responses for oral and written PQs

Programme

9:15
Registration
9:45
Chair's Introduction
10:00
An Overview of Parliamentary Questions in the Commons and the Lords
A brief overview of House of Common’s oral, named day and written questions, urgent questions, Prime Minister’s Questions, and House of Lords written and oral questions
11:30
Refreshments
11:45
How to Respond to Written and Oral Questions
Procedures, timescales, best practice guidelines
12:30
Lunch
13:30
PQs Workshop: Briefing a Minister - Part 1
Drafting answers to written Parliamentary Questions
14:15
Refreshments
14:30
PQs Workshop: Briefing a Minister – Part 2
Drafting answers to oral Parliamentary Questions
15:30
Other forms of Parliamentary Scrutiny
Select Committees, Public Bill Committees, Debates
16:00
Final Discussion
16:15
Close

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

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Comments & Views

“Event exceeded my expectations. It was interesting and useful to learn about PQs from the ‘other side.”

Nicola Yardley, HMPPS

“This has been one of the best events that I have been to. The chair was very interactive, clear and interesting, as were the speakers.”

Jenny Miranda-Melo, Department of Health and Social Care

“Probably one of the best courses I have ever attended. Spot on!”

Jacqueline Davies, MOD