Staff enewsletter Commons View Issue 8 available now

Issue 8 of Commons View is now online on the intranet.  Commons View is the enewsletter for Members’ staff provided by the House of Commons Service.  Inside this issue:

  • New toner supplier contract – QC Supplies;
  • Changes to the e-tabling system;
  • Latest jobs available;
  • Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme update;
  • parliOUT event;
  • Find out about the courses available to you;
  • and much more…

The link is:

Don’t forget: if you would like to offer feedback, submit an article for inclusion in future editions of Commons View or have ideas on how to improve House services available to Members’ staff, contact


2013 Speakers School Council Awards now open.

Closing date 30 April 2013.

Run by Parliament’s Education Service on behalf of the Speaker, the Speaker’s School Council Awards scheme celebrates excellence in school councils.

Open to every infant, primary and secondary school in the UK, the awards ask school councils to nominate their most successful project. Projects can be big or small; what matters most is that they have made a difference to the school or community.

It’s a great opportunity for school councils to celebrate their successes, shout out loud about their achievements and enhance student voice opportunities in school.

Entering is easy. Schools simply fill in an online application at

There’s more information for Members of Parliament and their staff on the intranet here.


Researcher/Caseworker of the Year awards – Have you nominated yet?

Nominations for the Dods Parliamentary Researcher of the Year Awards in association with the Federation of Small Businesses – now in its seventh year – will close on 23 January.  

It you haven’t already nominated – do it NOW!

The Awards are open to all staff working in a research or casework capacity for an MP or a Peer from parliamentary or constituency offices. The Awards have been developed to promote the extremely valuable role played by all individuals working for parliamentarians.

Full information here:

Reform in the House of Lords Open Lecture – spaces still available!

Friday 25th January, 2.00-3.30pm at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

There are still spaces available for the Open Lecture “Reform in the House of Lords – ending the deadlock”.

Baroness Hayman, the former Lord Speaker, will deliver an Open Lecture at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.  This free event is open to all higher education staff and students from colleges and universities across the UK, so please pass this invitation on to colleagues and students within your institution.

Baroness Hayman will speak about change in the House of Lords, considering both the past and the future.  There will be an opportunity for questions after the lecture.

Friday 25th January, 2.00 – 3.30pm, the University of East Anglia, Norwich (

More information about the event can be found here.

Open Lectures are filmed and available online after the event, so you can watch the lecture even if you are unable to travel to Norwich.  You can view previous Open Lectures at

To book a place, please email or call Parliament’s Outreach Service on 020 7219 1650.

Changes to the e-tabling system

From the evening of Wednesday 9 January you will see some changes to the online system used for submitting parliamentary questions electronically to the Table Office.

Full information here on the parliamentary intranet.This includes a useful reference guide (pdf).

Commons Library Open Day 2013 for Librarians and Information Officers

Are you one of these:

•          Librarians

•          Information Officers/Advisors/Analysts

•          Knowledge Management Officers

•          Researchers

……and would like to know more about the valuable, professional service provided by the House of Commons Library to Members of Parliament and their staff?

Location:  Westminster, London
Time:       10.00am-4.30pm (registration from 9.30am)
Cost:        £30

You can register your interest online for the House of Commons Library Open Day, to be held on Wednesday 20 February 2013, by clicking here for full information:

Hurry! You only have until 11 January to register and submit your form.