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Portsmouth 14-10-11 Part 2


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Parliamentary Outreach presentation for Portsmouth's Local Democracy week 2011 - Friday 14th October 2011 - Part two

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Portsmouth 14-10-11 Part 2

  1. 2. <ul><li>Can be used to: </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain information – stats, policies, positions </li></ul><ul><li>Press for action </li></ul><ul><li>Raise constituency issues </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge Government policy </li></ul><ul><li>Must have factual basis and relate to the running of a Government Department </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Opposition day debates </li></ul><ul><li>Adjournment debates (HoC) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions for Short Debate (HoL) </li></ul><ul><li>Allows MPs and Members of the HoL to: </li></ul><ul><li>Raise constituency issues or matters of regional, national or international significance </li></ul><ul><li>Get the issue to the attention of a relevant minister </li></ul><ul><li>Get a response from the Government </li></ul>
  3. 5. <ul><li>Set up to scrutinise specific areas of work and government departments </li></ul><ul><li>Work carried out through public inquiries </li></ul><ul><li>Groups and individuals submit evidence to inquiries </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiry report created and usually passed to relevant government department </li></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><li>You can contact the staff of Select Committees directly </li></ul><ul><li>You can ask them about forthcoming or planned inquiries </li></ul><ul><li>You can suggest areas that the Committee might like to look into </li></ul><ul><li>If an inquiry is taking place, you can contact Committee staff for advice on preparing written evidence </li></ul><ul><li>If you are called to give oral evidence, you can contact Committee staff for help to prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Select Committees can do follow-up inquiries after the Government have responded to their reports </li></ul>
  5. 8. <ul><li>All legislation proposed by the Government must be scrutinised by both Houses of Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Each Bill goes through the same stages in each House - First Reading, Second Reading, Committee, Report, Third Reading – before it reaches Royal Assent </li></ul><ul><li>Members can suggest changes (“amendments”) at particular stages </li></ul><ul><li>Much of the most careful scrutiny goes on in Committee, particularly in the House of Lords </li></ul>
  6. 9. <ul><li>Ways to influence draft legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Green Papers, White Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-legislative Committees </li></ul><ul><li>Public Bill Committees </li></ul><ul><li>MPs and Members of the House of Lords </li></ul>“ No one shall carry any dangerous weapon upon the public highway, except for the purposes of killing a noxious animal or a policeman in the execution of his duty”
  7. 11. <ul><li>Cross-party </li></ul><ul><li>Both MPs and Members of the House of Lords </li></ul><ul><li>Based around common interest (e.g. Housing and care for older people, motor neurone disease, football) or countries of the world </li></ul><ul><li>Not involved in formal decision making, but important in developing knowledge </li></ul>
  8. 13. <ul><li>Allows MPs to show their opinion on a particular subject </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to: </li></ul><ul><li>Draw attention to an issue </li></ul><ul><li>Call for action </li></ul><ul><li>Commemorate, congratulate, condemn </li></ul>
  9. 15. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>020 7219 4272 – Commons information </li></ul><ul><li>020 7219 3107 – Lords information </li></ul>
  10. 16. <ul><li>Scrutiny Unit - 020 7219 8381; </li></ul><ul><li>Select Committees – contact details are on the Committees own homepage at </li></ul><ul><li>Contact details for any MP or Peer can be obtained at the Parliament homepage or through the House information lines </li></ul>