The Department for Health & Social Care has produced a new guide for ministerial correspondence. If you would like a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this is only available to the offices of Members of Parliament, Members of the Scottish Parliament, Assembly Members and Members of the European Parliament.
We have just published a new guide to how best to record audio of events or meetings, written by Conrad Taylor and based on his many years of experience.
You can find it in the guides section of the site
Audio recording meetings, events and lectures
The Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing service is running a number of classes related to maintaining and improving your health and wellbeing. These include mindfulness, meditation and relaxtion; Yoga and postural and relaxation classes.
Wellbeing classes will commence on 7 January 2019
For details see the Parliamentary Intranet
The Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit, carried out by members and staff of both Houses of Parliament, was published on Thursday 20 December 2018.
It finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses, but there are still barriers to women standing as MPs or putting themselves forward to the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
Read more on the Parliament website
An updated version of the ‘Rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House of Commons’ leaflet and the accompanying guide have been issued by the Speaker and the Deputy Speakers.
The new leaflet includes updated advice to Members on speaking in debates, Question Time, and conventions and courtesies in the Chamber.
Details and copies to download are published on the Parliamentary Intranet
Today is the centenary of the 1918 General Election when women over thirty and all men over the age of 21 were able to vote.
It also saw the first woman MP elected, though as Constance Markievicz was a member for Sinn Féin she did not take her seat.
The photograph is of House of Doors, by Kristina Clackson Bonnington, a sculpture that was in Westminster Hall last month. See https://www.parliament.uk/house-of-doors/ for more details.
House of Doors is supported by the Lord Speaker’s Advisory Panel on Works of Art and the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art.
Find out more about House of Doors at www.houseofdoors.org
The Government Secure Intranet (GSi) network is being phased out across government, which means that organisations will be dropping ‘gsi’ from their email addressees.
Some organisations have already made this change, such as the DVLA and the FCO, and others will be changing theirs in the near future.
The migration will be completed by 31 March 2019, after which date any messages sent to a .gsi address will not be delivered.
We have already pro-actively emailed all of the relevant organisations on our MPs’ Hotline List, and several of the addresses have already bounced. We will update each address as we receive confirmation of the changes.
The problems with connecting remotely to the parliamentary network have now been resolved. If you have any further issues, please ring PDS.
On 19 July, the House resolved to set up an Inquiry similar to the Dame Laura Cox QC inquiry into bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, of the staff of Members of Parliament and others engaged in Parliamentary work on their behalf.
The Inquiry, launched today, is being conducted by Gemma White QC.
Please visit this page to learn more, and for details on how to contribute to the Inquiry: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2018/november/invitation-to-contribute-to-inquiry-into-bullying-and-harassment/