Parliament launches Open Lectures for universities

24 February 2012

The Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service is to launch Open Lectures, a series of events that form part of a new package of services aimed at universities.

The lectures will be delivered at Westminster by senior figures from within Parliament, covering a wide variety of subjects about Parliament and its work.

They are aimed specifically at staff and students from universities across the UK and are free to attend. 

The first Open Lecture will take place on 9 March 2012 in the Houses of Parliament, and will feature Andrew Kennon, Clerk of Committees, speaking on 'Select Committees and the Commons: recent developments'. 

This inaugural lecture will cover recent developments in the work of Select Committees and their relationship with the House, including:

  • coalition working in the House
  • the effectiveness and powers of Select Committees
  • the Backbench Business Committee.

Andrew Kennon is the Clerk of the House of Commons Committee Office, which has responsibility for all aspects of the work of Commons Select Committees, and was until recently Clerk of the Backbench Business Committee. 

Much of the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords takes place in committees. These committees examine issues in detail, from government policy and proposed new laws, to wider topics like the economy.

Where and when

The event will take place in Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House in the Houses of Parliament from 11am to 12.30pm on Friday 9 March 2012.

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Further information

For more details or to book a place at this event or register your interest in attending a future such event, please email or telephone Parliament’s Outreach Service on 020 7219 1650.

The Houses of Parliament's Outreach Service spreads awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, encouraging greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.

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