‘Google Alerts‘ are a simple way to monitor the Internet for subjects in which you have a particular interest. For example, you might like to know whenever your MP’s name appears online, or a certain topic arises in conjunction with their name.
Google Alerts lets you set up a search which will then email you whenever your chosen search terms appear online. You can choose to be emailed as-it-happens, once a day or once a week.
You may need to tweek your search terms at first, particularly if you search on a common name, for example ‘John Smith’, by adding the constituency name, or telling it not to return results containing particular trigger words. So for example, your initial search could be:
“John Smith” parliament
but if there’s an MP called John Smith, say in Australia, you could then amend the search to read
“John Smith” parliament -Australia
and so on.
You can set up as many alerts as you like, and can customise them by choosing in which languages it searches and where in the world you want the results to come from.
Have a look at the Google Alerts page for more information: http://www.google.co.uk/alerts
The House of Commons Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology produce frequent briefings on a wide range of topics. You can find the latest publications here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/briefing-papers/
The Queen’s speech and opening of the new session of Parliament has been moved from Tuesday the 3rd of June to Wednesday the fourth. This will better suit arrangements with the G7 summit taking place that week in Brussels.
For (a tiny bit) more information, see here.
As part of the House of Commons Savings Programme, Parliament committed to some income generating initiatives in order to reduce the costs of managing and maintaining the building and services. The new procedures have now been published – for full details check the Intranet or see here
The Hotlines List was updated on10 April 2014. Please go here to see the new information.
The deadline is 30 April.
All you need to know here.
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Following requests from staff organisations, the House of Commons Commission has announced that a confidential anti-bullying hotline will be set up for Members’ staff.
Further information can be found on the Parliamentary intranet or in the Telegraph newspaper.
Have a good Easter break.
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Research briefings (Standard Notes, Research Papers, POST Notes, etc) can be found on the intranet at: http://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/research/briefing-papers/. This is a massive resource and it is constantly updated.
For those without access to the parliamentary intranet, many of these are also available on the public Parliament website here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/briefing-papers/.
The advantage of using the intranet link is that it lists the subject specialists in case you need to consult them for further information.