In 2019 we published the findings of a detailed survey of parliamentary staff . The report entitled Eager to do more found that researchers were keen to be more involved in the work of their MP’s but had limited opportunities to learn about the more complex aspects of parliamentary procedure.
The report also placed the spotlight on the unsung heroes of Westminster, Parliamentary Researchers, who often use their academic aptitude to produce research projects for their MP’s . Many expressed frustration at their inability to do more due to antiqued nature of House Procedure. Another sighted barrier was the hurdle of limited learning opportunities available to really master the complex procedure to help them do their jobs.
This is why we established the Research Master Class on House Procedure, a course designed to share expert knowledge on the most convoluted areas of parliamentary procedure.