Tuesday 21 November 2017
An Induction Programme for newly elected Members of the Legislative Assembly in the Falkland Islands took place from 21-23 November to enable them to build knowledge and practical skills for their roles.
A delegation of parliamentarians and officials from Alderney, Guernsey, Scotland and the UK facilitated the workshop in Stanley, which was organised by the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) in partnership with the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly.
The programme included sessions on parliamentary practice and procedure, oversight and scrutiny and working with constituents. Through a series of interactive sessions, the programme covered legislative process, public accounts committees, public outreach and more. The programme was a unique opportunity for all delegates to gain insight on how legislatures conduct their business in other parts of the world, as well as to share their own knowledge and experience.
Speaker of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly, Hon. Keith Biles JP said:
“I am very grateful to the CPA and to our visiting delegates from other legislative jurisdictions for providing a structured and concise training programme for our new Members.
“As well as being able to explore the technical background for some of our proceedings, it has provided a unique opportunity to compare and contrast our procedures with those of other similar legislatures and the UK House of Commons, and to learn from the experiences of other established politicians and clerks.
“I look forward to a very informative and enjoyable week with our visitors."
CPA UK undertakes international parliamentary outreach on behalf of the Houses of Parliament and the wider CPA. With a specific focus on parliamentary diplomacy and parliamentary strengthening activities, CPA UK seeks to foster co-operation and understanding between parliaments, promote good parliamentary practice and advance parliamentary democracy.