Monthly Archives: December 2012

House of Commons Library Briefings

A great resource for all political researchers, and in general people who want to appear more knowledgeable on a subject than they are, is the House of Commons Library.  The external HoC Library website is a bit less accessible than what is available for researchers with access to the Parliamentary Intranet, but there’s still a lot of good briefings on pretty much every subject that’s been debated in modern politics.  The service also includes briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) which covers more science-based policy issues, including energy generation and climate change.

Research Briefings are longer, more in depth papers; standard notes are more brief summaries of an issue for someone who needs to be brought up to speed fast.

Parliamentary Research Briefings


Ministerial Responsibilities

Who is responsible for what in Government, and how do you get in touch with them?  This document from the Cabinet Office breaks Ministerial responsibilities for all Departments- a must for casework and angry letter-writing.

Cabinet Office: Ministerial Responsibilities

How Parliament Works (not satire)

Buried in the bowels of the website is this very handy PDF, which does a quite extraordinarily good job of explaining Parliamentary procedure.  It includes:

  • House sitting times and order of business
  • How to raise an issue in the House (EDMs, Questions, amendments, Statutory Instruments etc)
  • Procedure and practice for different kinds of debate
  • Voting procedures
  • Declaration of Interests
  • Petitions
  • Different kinds of Bills

And more!

Business of the House and its Committees: A Short Guide

It also includes a very good list of deadlines for when you need to submit stuff by…