Fourteenth Workshop of

Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians

27-28th July 2019

Wroxton College, Wroxton, Nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6PX

Sponsored by
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) & The Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull

INFORMATION

We have pleasure in inviting you to participate in the Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians being held on Saturday, 27thJuly and Sunday, 28thJuly 2019 at Wroxton College, Wroxton, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom.  The Workshop is co-sponsored by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull.

The purpose of the Workshop is to bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order that research findings likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians can be presented and discussed.  The Workshop builds on the success of the previous Workshops, the first held in Berlin in 1994 and the rest in the UK at Wroxton College, an ideal venue for international gatherings.  Each has proved a stimulating occasion, facilitating interaction between practitioners and researchers.

ACCOMMODATION AT WROXTON

In respect of check-in and check-out times, We are pleased to report that they are no formal times for checking in and out. Rooms are normally ready for delegates whenever they arrive on their registered day of arrival, and they may check-out on the day of departure whenever is convenient. One of the many advantages of using Wroxton College is the flexibility as to check-in and check-out times.

That being said, Wroxton would prefer delegates to check-in after 12 noon on the day of arrival, check-out on the Sunday is OK after the workshop. For delegates who have booked a late departure package, and are staying overnight on the Sunday, we would ask for them to check-out on the Monday by 12 noon.

MEALS AT WROXTON

This year all the meals are automatically included within the various Wroxton registration packages. For delegates who have booked for the Friday and Saturday evening, the meal package includes: Breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday, lunch on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, dinner on the Friday, Gala dinner on the Saturday, tea and coffee at intervals during the workshop.

For delegates who have booked an early arrival package with a Thursday night stay, the meal package includes: A meal on the Thursday evening and breakfast on the Friday morning.

For delegates who have booked a late departure package with a Sunday night stay, the meal package includes: A meal on the Sunday evening and breakfast on the Monday morning.

For delegates who have booked a registration-only package with no accommodation, the meal package includes: Breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday, lunch on the Saturday and Sunday, Gala Dinner on the Saturday, tea and coffee at intervals during the workshop.

The normal meal times are: 

Breakfast 8.00 – 8.50am

Morning Coffee 10.45-11.15am

Lunch 1.00pm

Afternoon Tea 3.45-4.15pm

Dinner 7.00pm

For the Gala Dinner on the Saturday Evening

7.00-7.30pm Drinks Reception

7.30pm Dinner

PROGRAMME

A provisional list of papers accompanies this invitation.  The themes to be covered in the Workshop include

  • Post-legislative scrutiny
  • Parliaments and achieving sustainable development goals
  • Linking legislatures with the people
  • Ministerial responsibility
  • Use of space in parliamentary buildings
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Trust in legislatures
  • Parliaments and development

Following the practice of recent Workshops, there will be a concluding plenary session addressing problems faced by parliaments in the 21stCentury.

The final programme, giving the timing and composition of panels, will be included in the package of material sent to all participants.  The Workshop will commence at 9.15 a.m. on Saturday 27thJuly and conclude at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday 28thJuly. 

PAPERS

Papers will be circulated electronically in advance of the Workshop.  In the panel sessions, paper givers will briefly summarise their findings, providing time for comments and questions from the floor.

 

LANGUAGE

The proceedings will be conducted in English.  There are no facilities for translation.

 

FINANCE

Those attending are responsible for their own funding.  The organisers are not able to assist with financial support.

 

THE VENUE

The College is housed in a magnificent 17thCentury Jacobean mansion (above), the ancestral home of Lord North (Prime Minister under King George III), and nestling in 50 acres of its own landscaped grounds.  When not attending sessions, participants will have an opportunity to explore the mansion and the grounds.  The mansion has its own library, chapel, and spacious reading room. There is also a gymnasium in the basement.  A guided tour of the house will be available during the weekend of the Workshop. Wi-fi is available throughout the College.

The village of Wroxton is also of interest, with thatched cottages and a parish church housing the remains of various members of the North family, several of them significant figures in the history of England.  The village lies three miles outside Banbury.  It is within easy reach of Oxford and Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford upon Avon.  It is also within easy reach of London both by road and rail.  The town lies just off the M40 motorway.  There is a regular coach service between London Heathrow airport and Banbury.  There is also a regular coach service between London Gatwick and Banbury.  Birmingham airport is to the north of Banbury and there are regular rail services between Birmingham and Banbury.  There are taxis available for the short journey from Banbury to Wroxton. 

 

PANEL SESSIONS

Principal panel sessions will be held in the Lecture Hall and the Regency Room.   The picture shows one of the panel sessions in the Lecture Hall at a previous Workshop.   Two panel sessions are usually held concurrently, participants opting for whichever panel prefer.

 

REGISTRATION

The registration process enables you to select from a number of options, including a comprehensive weekend package.  Accommodation is in one of the pleasant study bedrooms in College, with en suite facilities.  A number have excellent views of the grounds.  Please note that they are study bedrooms, of the sort to be found in a traditional college. 

The principal residential package runs from Friday evening through to Sunday lunch.  There is also the option of arriving early (staying on Thursday evening) and leaving late (staying on Sunday evening).  There are a small number of twin-bedded and triple-bedded rooms available. These would suit anyone wishing to bring their spouse or partner.  These rooms are charged per bed: i.e. the charge is double or triple that of a single room.  There is also a non-residential package which includes meals. 

In completing the registration process, you need only to click the options that you require.  The registration fee is included in each package. Please follow the link in the menu bar to register. Online booking facilities are now available. Bookings for accommodation and meals in College must be made in advance of the Workshop.  No changes are possible during the weekend of the Workshop.

Please note that the number of rooms available in College is limited and early booking is therefore advisable. Registration forms should be completed no later than 10th July 2019.

 

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMODATION

For those preferring instead to stay in a hotel, there are hotels in Banbury, close to Wroxton, and one in Wroxton itself, within walking distance of the College.  The hotel in Wroxton is the Wroxton House Hotel,https://www.wroxtonhousehotel.com/tel: +44 (0)1295-730777).   Hotels in Banbury include Banbury House Hotel (http://www.banburyhouse.co.uk/) , tel: +44 (0)1295-259361),  Whately Hall https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6633-mercure-banbury-whately-hall-hotel/index.shtml(tel: +44 (0)1295-253261), and the Cromwell Lodge Hotel (https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/oxfordshire/cromwell-lodge-hotel/?utm_source=g_places&utm_medium=locations&utm_campaign=, tel: +44 (0)1295-259781).  Some of these offer special weekend rates.  Details of these and other hotels can be found at http://www.information-britain.co.uk/hoteltowns.cfm?town=Banbury&county=11.

Participants wishing to stay in a hotel should make a booking direct with the hotel.  Banbury is a popular venue and early booking is advisable. 

 

CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE

All those attending will receive a formal Certificate of Attendance to attest to the fact that they participated in the Workshop.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Queries or requests for further information may be directed to:

 

Professor The Lord Norton of Louth

Centre for Legislative Studies

Department of Politics,

The University of Hull,

HULL HU6 7RX,

United Kingdom.

 

Tel: +44 (0)1482 465775 or 4658763

Fax: +44 (0)1482 466208

E-mail: p.norton@hull.ac.uk

 

Alternatively, please contact our Wroxton Administrator Amanda Riley via email on wroxtonworkshop@btinternet.com or by telephone on 01652 618924 / 07789 642806

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for what should be a very stimulating and enjoyable occasion.