Parliamentary Questions: Answering & tabling

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For people who regularly need to answer, ask or table Parliamentary Questions, it is crucial to have an overall understanding of how the PQ system operates. It is also important to know the specificities of drafting briefings for, and answers to, the questions themselves.

Part of The Knowledge series, Parliamentary Question: Answering & Tabling is a course that will provide delegates with the knowledge and skills needed to maximise the effectiveness of their input in answering and tabling parliamentary questions.

At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  


Key features:

  • The varying types of Parliamentary Question in the Commons and the Lords
  • How questions are tabled - what is in and out of order?
  • Timings for tabling and for answers
  • Why questions are asked and what the questioner may do with the answer
  • How ministers see questions and what they try to achieve with the answers
  • Ministerial statements - written and oral

Designed for:

This training course is designed for delegates who need to draft Parliamentary Questions or draft responses and briefings on PQs.


Learning outcomes:

Delegates will gain a thorough understanding of how the system of Parliamentary Questions operates and how the Whitehall machine develops the answers. They will also gain an understanding of how to draft answers to written questions and provide briefings for oral questions.

 

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Duration

10:00 - 17:00

Price

Price on request

Location

Available to be delivered In-House

Dates

In-House Option

This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.

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Lead Trainer

Andrew Dismore

Andrew Dismore

Andrew was the Leader of the Labour Group in 1990, and then MP for Hendon from 1997 to 2010. In a varied parliamentary career, Andrew built a reputation as an expert in private members’ legislation and chaired the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights

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Andrew Dismore

Andrew Dismore

Andrew was the MP for Hendon from 1997 to 2010. In a varied parliamentary career, Andrew built a reputation as an expert in private members’ legislation and chaired the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights. He also served on the Standards and Privileges Committee for nine years, the Work and Pensions Committee for seven years and the powerful Liaison Committee for five years.

Growing up in a political family, Andrew began his career in politics in 1982, as the then youngest ever councillor on Westminster City Council, becoming Leader of the Labour Group in 1990. Prior to entering Parliament, Andrew had been a partner at Thompsons and at Russell Jones and Walker, specialising in personal injury and trades union law. Andrew now works as a consultant specialising in legal affairs. Andrew is also the co-ordinator of the Access to Justice Group.

Lead Trainer

Bridget Prentice

Bridget Prentice

With over 27 years’ experience of leadership in the public sector and almost two decades spent in Parliament, Bridget has an insider’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face public bodies and third sector organisations.

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Bridget Prentice

Bridget Prentice

With over 27 years’ experience of leadership in the public sector and almost two decades spent in Parliament, Bridget has an insider’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face public bodies and third sector organisations.

 

Bridget has served 18 years as MP for Lewisham East, was a Government Whip and a Minister in the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for 14 policy areas. This ranges from legal services, the courts and tribunals, youth engagement to electoral administration etc. She has piloted major pieces of legislation through parliamentary process and has negotiated financial packages to support key groups such as Coroners’ Courts Support Staff. She has also played a key role in designing and implementation of policy.

 

Prior to taking on ministerial positions, Bridget was a member of the Home Affairs Committee, Court of Referees and Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. She is presently a Trustee on the Jimmy Mizen Foundation and on Age Exchange, the Chair of Governors of Trinity Lewisham School and Electoral Commissioner at the Electoral Commission. 

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