Parliament Week


Parliament Week is a new national initiative, supported by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, which aims to raise awareness of Parliament and encourage engagement with the UK’s democratic system and its institutions.


What is Parliament Week?

For centuries, Parliament has touched the lives of every person and community, every organisation and business throughout the UK. Yet, for many people, Parliament’s work, influence and history are unfamiliar.

We want to help Parliament’s story come alive; Parliament Week seeks to explore how democracy affects citizens and how they can participate in it.

The first annual Parliament Week will take place between 31 October and 6 November 2011.

Collaborative work with partner organisations is essential to Parliament Week, helping to establish it as a flourishing nation-wide event.


Parliament Week 2011 theme - Stories of Democracy

Each Parliament Week has a theme that provides the focus for a programme of national and regional events; for Parliament Week 2011 the theme is ‘Stories of Democracy’ - from the past to the present, from local to national. There are hundreds of inspiring stories about how people have made a difference and shaped democracy in the UK today.

Parliament Week 2011 will encourage the discovery, understanding and appreciation of all those individuals and groups who have participated in or contributed to democracy in the UK.


Sir Alan recently recorded a short video to recall his memories and thoughts about democracy in the UK.

The video can be watched by clicking on the link below: