61st Westminster Seminar

From 5-9 March 2012, CPA UK held its 61st Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure.

The Westminster Seminar was immediately followed by the 2nd Westminster Workshop, this year focusing on the role of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

First held in 1952, the Westminster Seminar has long been a fixture in the CPA calendar. It is designed as an intensive period of study primarily for newly elected MPs and early-career clerks from across the Commonwealth.

Find out news from the Westminster Seminar and the Westminster Workshop here.

For journalists, press releases about the Seminar and Workshop are available in the press section of our website.

Westminster Seminar

The event involved 65 delegates from Commonwealth legislatures, and explored the idea of the Westminster-model parliament, its history, variations across the world, current methods of working, practical challenges and potential improvements.

Through discussions with UK Members and senior Westminster officials, and MP-to-MP dialogue amongst participants, the Westminster Seminar exposed delegates to a wide range of ideas and practice, with the aim of enabling all who takepart to work more effectively in their own legislatures upon return.

Highlights included meetings with Commonwealth Minister Rt Hon. Lord Howell at No. 10 Downing Street, a session with House of Commons Speaker Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, a breakfast marking International Women's Day with Lord Speaker Rt Hon. Baroness D'Souza CMG, and a day shadowing MPs in constituency.  

Further details of the Westminster Seminar can be found below:

2nd Westminster Workshop: The Public Accounts Committee

From 12-15 March, an intensive Public Accounts Committee Workshop enabled parliamentarians, clerks and representatives of Commonwealth Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to share knowledge on some of the challenges attached to the PAC.

Working in collaboration with the FCO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the UK Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office, CPA UK designed the workshop as an opportunity to explore the role, administration and practical functioning of the PAC.

Topics included: key features of effective PACs and SAIs; public procurement; dealing with corruption and fraud; and the unique challenges faced by PACs in both small and large legislatures.

Following the workshop, CPA UK and the Commonwealth Secretariat will distribute a publication containing the key issues covered as a basis for discussions at future meetings on this subject.

Further details of the PAC Workshop can be found below:

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