Agenda

Professional Certificate in Parliamentary Committees

Day One 


09:00 Registration and Refreshments


09:45 Welcome and Introduction to programme 


10.00    Introduction to our Parliament and our role

Comparing our experiences    

What do we want to learn and experience on this programme?

11.00   Morning coffee


11.15   UK Parliament – Overview and roles 

Legislation  

Scrutiny

Other roles

Politicians 

Key roles of Members 

Serving as an MP 

Supporting MPs

Compare with our countries 


12:15 Lunch

13:00 Select Committees 

Origins 

Current role

Departmental and Cross Departmental Committees

Perspectives – MP, Minster,    

Current examples - 


14:30 Afternoon Tea

14:45 Serving Committees - The Role of Parliamentary Staff 

Small team of staff and specialist advisers, 

Committee Office Scrutiny within house and external sources

Balance of generalists and specialists 

16:00 End of the Day Wrap-up

Question and discussion 

16:15 Close


Day Two


09:30 Refreshments

09:45 Chair’s Welcome and Introductions

10:00   Organisation of Parliamentary Committees 

How committee objectives are set and agreed

How select committees are structured 

Recent developments - considering draft legislation and regional committees

Membership - selection, numbers and political balance

Evidence from Government

Role of Committee Chair


11.00 Coffee


11.30 Stages of a Scrutiny Inquiry  

From identify the issue to debating a report

Exercise – planning an inquiry


12:30 Lunch


13:30 Parliament and UK Constitution 

Main features of UK Parliament 

Constitutional principles 

Commons and Lords 

Legislation


14:30 Afternoon Tea


15:00 Key Roles

Speaker – ‘Order Order’

  Black Rod – Access to Parliament 

Preparing for visit to Parliament


16:00 End of the Day Wrap-up

Question and discussion 


16:15 Close






Day Three 


09:30 Travel to Parliament 


09.45    Meet at Cromwell Green Entrance 

10:00 Role of Clerks 

Powers of Committees

The powers of parliamentary committees

The formal remit of select committees

Parliamentary privilege

Powers to compel the attendance of ministers

Powers to send for papers


11:30 Morning Coffee


11:45 Role of Procedure Committee

Role of Public Accounts Committee 

Final questions and discussion


13:00 Lunch

14.00 Visit to House of Commons Chamber

Public Accounts Committee

House of Lords 


16.30   End of visit 

Day Four


09:30 Refreshments


09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Recap


10:00 Ethics, Standards and Conduct of MPs


11:00 Morning Coffee


11:15 Exercise - Case Study of a Committees

‘Meeting with the Speaker’  

Tom Levitt – former MP and member of Privileges Committee


12:30 Lunch


13:30 Government – Ministers and Civil Servants  

Roles of Ministers 

Accountability and Relationship to Parliament  

Role of Civil Servant 

Civil Service Code

Ministerial Decisions 

14:30 Afternoon Tea


15.00   Additional issues raised during course 


16:15 End of Day Wrap-up

Questions and discussions

16:30 Close


Day Five 


09:30 Refreshments


09:45 Chairman’s Welcome and Recap


10.00 Measuring the Impact of Parliamentary Committees 

Evidence on Select Committees

Acting as a focal point for concern 

Government responses to Committee reports

Assessing UK Committees for our own Parliaments 

Proposals for further reform of Select Committees

Educating the public: committee transparency and outreach


11.00   Morning Coffee


11.15   Final Discussion and Lessons Learned

Individual presentations of Worksheets 

Evaluation Forms

Certificate presentations and group photograph 


13:30 Lunch and Close