From 6 – 12 March 2011 CPA UK hosted its 60th Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure.
Following this, from 14-16 March 2011 CPA UK held the first of its Wesminster Workshops, focusing on the Committee System.
Involving some 65 delegates, the event took the Westminster model as a focus of discussions in a detailed examination of parliamentary practice and procedure
Delegates met with UK colleagues and senior Westminster officials, including among others:
- Rt Hon. Lord Howell of Guildford, Minister of State for the Commonwealth
- Hon. Lindsay Hoyle, Chairman of Ways and Means
- Rt Hon. Patrick McLoughlin MP, Government Chief Whip
- Mr Michael Pownall, Clerk of the Parliaments
- Ms Jill Pay, Serjeant-At-Arms
- The Hansard editing team
They also spent half a day shadowing MPs in their constituencies.
Further programme details can be found below:
First Westminster Workshop: The Committee System
From 14-16 March, the intensive Committee System Workshop enabled parliamentarians to stengthen their expertise in areas specific to their interests.
Aimed at government ministers, committee chairs, and committee members and clerks, the workshop included interactive sessions with Westminster committee experts and provided the opportunity to view committees in action.
Topics included: public bills; select committees; conducting an effective enquiry; and modernisation and reform.
Photograph: Delegates at the 60th Westminster Seminar gather outside Number 10 Downing Street, before meeting Commonwealth Minister Rt Hon. Lord Howell.