Future Parliament: event video now online

How can new technology build capacity, strengthen scrutiny and improve public engagement within the legislative process? 

Does Restoration and Renewal present a rare opportunity to experiment with more innovative working practices? We gathered leading thinkers and practitioners from Parliament and the tech arena to examine these themes at the opening event of Parliament Week 2016.

Updated: List of Ministerial Responsibilities

At long last, the List of Ministerial Responsibilities has been brought up to date.

This useful document gives the names, postal addresses, email addresses and telephone number for all of the current Government Ministers, and also lists their specific responsibilities.

You can find a link to it on the first page our hotlines list on the intranet.

Ed Barker – new album launch

Ed Barker Poster
Ed Barker Poster

We don’t normally promote cabaret, but with Christmas coming up, we thought you might like to know that an old friend of w4mp, Ed Barker, will be launching his long awaited second album in a showcase on 6th December 2016 at one of London’s most exciting and intimate music venues, The Hippodrome Casino.

Come and celebrate the launch of Are You Listenin’? with an evening of spectacular music, special guests including BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Lance Ellington, dinner, drinks and album giveaways…as well as the chance to get an exclusive, signed copy of the album in advance of its release date (12th December).

Tickets a mere £15 with discount code 061216HIPPODROME061216 from www.edbarker.co.uk

House of Commons Gift Shop

Are you looking for something a little different for Christmas gifts?  Have a look at the Houses of Parliament Gift Shops for books, stationery, confectionery, gifts and much more.

On the intranet, you can view the House of Commons gift shop and the House of Lords Gift Shop, or on Parliament’s public website, you can look at the Houses of Parliament Gift Shop, which has a different range of items from the ones on the intranet.  Members of the public can also visit the Parliament shop at 12 Bridge Street, on the corner of Parliament Square.

The House of Commons Gift Shop’s Christmas events
Discount day – 23 November
The House of Commons 10% discount day will take place on Wednesday 23 November.  Members and all pass holders will receive a 10% discount on all gifts and books in the three House of Commons shops.  Members may order goods and have them delivered to their office on the Parliamentary Estate.  Please call the Retail Team on x3890 to place your order.

Christmas Fayre – 6 December
The highly popular Christmas Fayre will be held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 6 December from 4.30-7.30pm.  This is another opportunity to take advantage of a 10% discount on all gifts and books both in Westminster Hall and in the Jubilee and House of Commons shops.

A selection of suppliers will showcase the Christmas range, giving you the opportunity to sample some wonderful and delicious products.  Suppliers include Godminster Cheese, Churchill’s Port, Image on Foods gingerbread and Cole’s Christmas Puddings.  For the first time there will be an engraving service offered by Chimo Holdings Silversmith. Entertainment will be provided by the Westminster School Choir and a Sextet Jazz Band.
Pop-up shops
Due to popular demand we will be hosting pop-up shops across the Estate in the month of December.
• Thursday December 8: Tothill Street café
• Tuesday December 13: Portcullis House, by the Despatch café
• Monday December 19: 7 Millbank reception area

The Retail Team look forward to welcoming you to our events and hope you have a truly enjoyable shopping experience!
Further information
For more information contact Sheila Mitchell by email (mitchells@parliament.uk) or on x3812.

MP hotline for DWP Central England

The MP hotline telephone number for ESA / JSA / IS for Central England is incorrect and we have removed it from the hotline list.  Please do not call that number – please use just the email address for now, and we’ll publish the correct number as soon as we get it.  Thanks.

Have you visited the Procedural Hub yet?

A new service is now available for Members and their staff in the Reference Room of the House of Commons Library (just turn right when you go into the Oriel Room!).

This is in response to Members calling for a one-stop shop where they and their staff can deal with a range of different procedural matters without having to visit different offices in different parts of the Palace.

This service brings together House staff who deal with bills and amendments, petitions and delegated legislation, questions, motions and applications for debates all in one place – alongside staff from the Library Operations and Engagement team – to provide an improved service to Members and their staff.

The Procedural Hub will be open on sitting Mondays to Thursdays from 11am – 5pm. It will be able to give advice, amongst other things, on:

  • Bills, Public Bill committees, drafting amendments, Private Members’ bills
  • Petitions
  • Delegated legislation and statutory instrument procedure
  • Written and oral questions, including drafting tips
  • The content of the Order Paper
  • Applications for debates in the Chamber or Westminster Hall
  • Early Day Motions.

It will also be possible to table questions, EDMs, applications for debate, and add names to amendments and motions. For complex queries, Hub staff will arrange for an expert from the relevant procedural team to speak to you or your staff.

Further Information

Do pop in to visit the Hub! Or phone (x7333) or email (proceduralhub@parliament.uk) to ask how it can help you!

Japanese Ambassador discusses Brexit implications for Japanese firms in the UK

The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee will hold an evidence session with the Japanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom as part of its inquiry ‘Brexit: future trade between the UK and the EU in goods’, and  on Wednesday 9 November, Committee Room 2A, Palace of Westminste at 4.05pm they will interview H.E. Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom.

Full details on the Parliament website.