People and Parliament Inquiry: Lords Committee to question Digital Engagement Minister

House of Lords Press Release
Monday 18 May
Contact: Laura Llewelyn 020 7219 6640

The House of Lords Information Committee is conducting an inquiry into how the House of Lords can improve public understanding of its work and role, and how people would like to interact with the House of Lords and Parliament.

The inquiry has, to date, heard evidence from a variety of sources that include newspaper editors, children, web specialists and stakeholders such as the Hansard Society. Witnesses have said that while Parliament’s use of the internet has made progress in recent years, there are still considerable grounds for further development and improvement.

This week the Committee will hear from Tom Watson MP, Digital Engagement Minister.  Mr Watson will be questioned about how technology can enable better engagement between Parliament and the public, what Parliament should do to embrace social media and Web 2.0 technologies to improve the ways in which it consults, and what technologies the two Houses could utilise to allow the public to contribute in innovative ways to the work of Parliament.

The evidence session will start at 4.15pm on Wednesday 20 May in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

  • The evidence session is open to the public; journalists wishing to attend should access Parliament via St Stephen’s Entrance where they will be directed towards the Committee Corridor. Please arrive in plenty of time to allow for security screening.

  • An audio stream of the evidence session will be broadcast live at: www.parliamentlive.tv

  • For more information on the Lords Information Committee please see: www.parliament.uk/hlinfocom/