Event Summary

Our Understanding Select Committees online training is designed to help public, private and third sector organisations understand how select committees and parliamentary questions work – and how to engage with them effectively. You will get a better understanding of the rules and conventions which govern these processes and how to engage with them to achieve the best results.

You will gain in-depth guidance for submitting written and oral evidence and tips on how to prepare for appearing as witness. Gain insights into how select committees choose topics for inquiry, select the organisations and people who provide oral evidence and what makes for impactful written evidence. The course will also cover what makes for a good parliamentary question and how questions can be used as a campaigning tool.

This highly interactive course will be useful for stakeholders who wish to improve their strategic approach to influence policy in Westminster and devolved administrations. Through a series of interactive exercises and expert advice, you will gain the practical skills to engage with parliament. This includes professionals from the public, private and third sector, including staff working for arm’s length organisations, who respond to select committee inquiries and/or answer parliamentary questions.

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • Develop a good understanding of how select committees and parliamentary questions work in Westminster and in the devolved administrations
  • Be confident in engaging with a select committee, including drafting evidence which adds value to the committee’s work
  • Understand what makes for a good parliamentary question and identify how questions can be used as a campaigning tool
  • Be able to develop or identify effective strategies for influencing policy making using select committees and parliamentary questions
  • Hear tips for contributing to Select Committee Inquiries, appearing as a witness and preparing written evidence