Learn how to draft MSU cases, PQ’s and submissions effectively

This skill is very important throughout the Government Departments; it is particularly important to learn how to draft in a clear, concise and professional way. It is often the case that the subjects to be dealt with will be complicated and require subtle handling, and it is therefore very important that your skills are well developed.

Course aims

To provide delegates with information, insight, examples and practical experience to allow them to draft ministerial support unit (MSU) cases, parliamentary questions and submissions more effectively and with greater confidence.

Who should attend?

Any member of Local or Central Government who needs to draft MSU’s, answers to PQ’s and anyone wishing to develop these skills prior to moving into such a role.

What you will gain

Have an opportunity to look closely at areas such as the importance of plain English, gender neutral language, punctuation and grammar. In-group and individual work, draft and receive feedback. Develop a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the drafter and of using an appropriate style.

Learning points

By the end of this course you will: -

  • Understand the difference between MSUs & treat official (TO) cases.
  • Appreciate the origins of MSUs, how they are dealt with and allocated.
  • Learn practical tips from ministers’ offices on how to draft MSUs.
  • Have undertaken practical exercises in drafting MSUs and PQs.
  • Have an overview of the work of the ministerial support unit.
  • Understand the rationale behind parliamentary questions.

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Delegate Cost:
1 day
£295 + VAT
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What others said about this course 
The trainer presented the course very well and I found it useful and informative. SS (DCLG)
Alpha have once again been brilliant. The trainer made every effort to make the course enjoyable and informative. CI (Department for Transport)
An excellent course! Enjoyable and well presented”. KB (Defra)
A great insight into the rules / guidance and procedures on drafting for ministers. CS (DCLG)
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