In the final episode of this six-part series, we talk about parliament. Because all ministers are also members of parliament, either in the House of Commons or the Lords, and they all have to juggle their ministerial and parliamentary responsibilities.
So how do ministers find a balance between those demands, as well as finding time for their constituents in their busy diaries? How do they navigate parliamentary questions, select committee appearances and managing legislation? And how good is the civil service at supporting ministers in parliament?
We hear why ministers must prioritise parliament, and being political; what their day-to-day life in parliament is like; and what the one thing you should never, ever do in parliament is…
- Cabinet Parliamentary scrutiny Majority government Minority government Hung parliament Select committees Civil servants
- Chancellor of the exchequer Foreign secretary Health secretary Home secretary Secretary of state Minister of state Speaker of the House of Commons
- Blair government Brown government Cameron-Clegg coalition government Cameron government May government Johnson government
- Institute for Government