Commonwealth Parliamentary Clerks share best practice and innovations in Parliaments at 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Canada
25 August 2022
The 56th Meeting of the Society-of-Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) took place in the margins of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The meeting brought together Parliamentary Clerks and parliamentary staff from Commonwealth Parliaments to discuss the latest legislative practices and to share best practice.
The Co-Chairs of the meeting were from the Parliament of Canada - Mr Gérald Lafrenière, Interim Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments and Chief Legislative Services Officer, and Mr Charles Robert, Clerk of the House of Commons.
Presentations were made during the two-day meeting by a number of different Parliamentary Clerks on subjects including:
- the Canadian Parliamentary system and recent developments in Canada;
- Parliamentary Projects at the UK House of Commons;
- Sessional orders as a vehicle for procedural reform in the New South Wales Legislative Council;
- The e-Parliament - a novel digital approach in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan;
- Procedural and administrative impact of the truck convoy protest in Ottawa;
- Victoria’s gender equity action plan;
- Relevance and importance of zero hours in the Parliamentary system of India;
- Role and function of Parliamentary Committees in the Rayja Sabha, India.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mr Matthew Hamlyn, SoCATT Secretary (United Kingdom) outlined a number of SoCATT reports and decisions, and proposals for the agenda for the 57th SoCATT General Meeting were agreed.
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The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) organises its annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) to address global political issues and developments in the parliamentary system through conference workshops and sessions for leading Parliamentarians representing Parliaments and Legislatures throughout the Commonwealth.
The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance.
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