How do the measures in the Queen’s Speech become law? What do Select Committees do? Who decides what subjects will be debated in the House of Commons? What’s the difference between the role of the Speaker in the House of Commons and the Lord Speaker in the House of Lords?
Find the answers – and plenty of others – with a new free education resource from the Hansard Society. Parliament Revealed provides a straightforward guide to understanding Parliament with easily-accessible information in bite-sized explanations
A ‘People’s Question Time Day’ would be a helpful reform
The 2014 Hansard Society annual Audit of Political Engagement 11, published April 30, shows the level of public concern with the culture and conduct of politics and politicians and, while levels of interest in and knowledge of politics are holding up or improving, the public continue to feel relatively powerless in the political process.
Listen to the authors discuss their findings at the launch event for Audit 11
Seventh Framework Programme,
aims to facilitate the policy-making processes
Sense4us – a collaborative research and development project funded by the European Commission and bringing together seven academic, technical and civil society organisations from across Europe to facilitate policy-making processes – has been launched in Brussels.
Sense4us will research ways to make policy-making more effective using cutting edge research and technologies. The online tool that will be created by the project will:
In a new pamphlet from the Hansard Society published today – Measured or Makeshift – Parliamentary scrutiny of the European Union – politicians, commentators and academics demonstrate a growing concern that many EU initiatives are not subject to sufficiently robust parliamentary scrutiny at Westminster and question whether there is a democratic deficit at the heart of our relationship with the European Union.
Measured or Makeshift – Parliamentary scrutiny of the European Union comprises a series of essays from leading experts, exploring how the system could be improved to address the democratic deficit and ensure that Parliament is more effective and influential in its scrutiny of European issues.
For the first time ever Open House London comes to Parliament Square this weekend (Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September) thanks to a partnership between the Hansard Society and Parliament’s Public Engagement and Learning Team supported by all the key institutions surrounding the Square.
6:45pm, Tuesday 11th June
Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Westminster
At the 2014 referendum in Scotland, 16 and 17 year olds will be able to cast their vote for the first time in a major ballot in the UK. A panel of experts will be considering key questions:
The 2013 Hansard Society annual Audit of Political Engagement 10, published May 15, shows that the public are so disillusioned, disenchanted and disengaged from politics that:
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