The Pendulum of Power: Which way is it swinging?
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 from 14:00 to 16:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The balance of power between Government and Parliament is considered by those at the centre of this relationship as it stands today.
The Cabinet Office hosts a panel discussion to explore the factors that shape the relationship between Government and Parliament.
Speakers will include:
- The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, Leader of the House of Commons
- Ms Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
- Lord Tyler of Linkinhorne
- Ms Natascha Engel MP
The session will be moderated by Richard Heaton, First Parliamentary Counsel and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office.
Panellists will consider issues such as the increased influence of backbenchers in the House of Commons; the increasingly independent-minded members of both Houses; and increased expectations of public participation in decision making.
Questions will be invited from the audience, on these or any other issues concerning the evolving relationship between Executive and the Legislature.
Following the panel discussion the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel will host:
Instant Legislation Booths: Your policy ideas turned into law before your very eyes
The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel is responsible for drafting all government Bills that are introduced to Parliament. This unique experience will put the power back into your hands and will offer you a chance to translate your ideas into legislative provisions.
OPC drafters will demonstrate how policy ideas are turned into legislation and will explain what the drafting process involves.
Visitors will be able to submit a 2 line policy idea and have a 5 minute session with Counsel who will draft the idea into a legislative form and highlight the limitations and problems of the process.
When & Where
Cabinet Office is a ministerial department, supported by 20 agencies and public bodies. We support the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and ensure the effective running of government. We are also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and we take the lead in certain critical policy areas.