Legislative process around welfare reform

Leading parliamentarians discuss the legislative process around welfare reform Lord McFall and Baroness Thomas of Winchester will next week take part in a groundbreaking event designed to encourage better understanding of the way laws are made.

They will speak to individuals, groups and organisations interested in welfare reform in a workshop looking at this issue and associated legislation going through the Houses of Parliament.

The event on 29th November, organised by Parliamentary Outreach, will be introduced by the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.

The aim is to help a wider range of the public understand the process for the consideration of legislation.

The workshop will focus on practical applications and be strictly non-party political. It is the latest in a series of public bill workshops offered by Parliamentary Outreach based around a different subject area.

Previous workshops have looked at public bills in the context of education, localism, energy and the green economy .

The session will include information on: 

  • submitting evidence to a Public Bill Committee in the Commons
  • engaging with members of the Lords as they consider a Bill
  • accessing independent House of Commons Library research
  • tracking the progress of a Bill online
  • understanding secondary legislation

Clare Cowan, Head of Parliamentary Outreach, said: "The public workshops offered by Parliament are designed to enable individuals and organisations to gain a clear understanding of the legislative process and the opportunities available to engage with current legislation.

"We have found tailoring the events to areas of particular policy interest really adds to their appeal and we are particularly fortunate on this occasion to have, not just the Speaker of the House of Commons, but two such experienced politicians as Lord McFall and Baroness Thomas come and share their knowledge."

The event will take place in the House of Commons between 9.30am and 12.30pm on November 29th. The workshop is free to attend and open to any individual or organisation with an interest in welfare reform.

Parliamentary Outreach spreads awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, encouraging greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Further details can be accessed at: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/outreach-and-training/