10:00 - 10:10

Course Introduction and Outline

Huw Edwards

Former MP and , Experienced Trainer Consultant

10:10 - 10:45

Understanding the Roles of Parliament

  • How does Parliament work? The principal roles of the UK Parliament
  • The legislative process and stages of a passage of a Bill
  • The current legislative programme
10:45 - 11:25

The Scrutiny Process

  • The role of Select Committees and current inquiries
  • Differences between the Commons and Lords and the role of MPs and peers
  • How our parliamentary system fits into the context of the UK Constitution
  • Real-life examples will be tailored for participants. Share examples and challenges with other attendees.
11:25 - 11:50

Morning Break

11:50 - 12:30

Government – Ministers and Civil Servants

  • Overview of UK Government departments and associated public bodies
  • Responsibilities and roles of Ministers and their relationship with Civil Servants
  • The ethos of the British Civil Service
  • Accountability to Parliament
  • Participate and test your knowledge in this interactive session.
12:30 - 13:15

Lunch Break


13:15 - 13:40

The Pattern of UK Devolution

  • Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • The different powers of the devolved parliaments and the role of government and Ministers
  • Legislation and scrutiny
  • Inter-governmental relations
14:10 - 14:20

Afternoon Break

14:20 - 15:00

You and Your Organisation

This session will be tailored to the specific interests of course participants.

  • How does current legislation relate to you? How are you accountable?
  • What relationship does your work have for the devolved administrations and the future of devolution in England?
  • What can you take from this course?
15:00 - 15:00

Close of Course

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