We are inviting different communities and individuals from across the UK to ask how well-equipped Parliament is to understand and use scientific information. The role of Parliament and its MPs, of all parties, is to represent the issues of their constituents to government, and to scrutinise the government’s policy decisions and the evidence behind them. Brand new for Evidence Week in Westminster 2021 is our Ask an MP discussion board, providing you the chance to ask your MP about whether they’re challenging government for the evidence behind their decisions. Government produces policies on all issues from how to address mental health issues, to sustainable fishing practices or the allocation of new housing developments. It is important for you to be able to ask about the types of resources your MP is using to understand the current issues, and whether the government has the tools at its disposal to tackle the policies that matter to you.
Evidence Week will cover many topics including reaching Net Zero, improving employment prospects and digital twins of city infrastructure. But, we want you to ask about the issues that matter to you. We will be inviting a cross section of those who submit questions to attend our Opening Event taking place online on the evening of 1st November. This is a fantastic opportunity to directly put a question to your MP, alongside a panel of experts including the National Statistician and parliamentary committee chairs, to provide real answers to how Parliament and Government is using evidence.
Take a look at last year’s event here:
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to Ask an MP about the use of evidence on issues that matter to you. Feel free to become part of the conversation on twitter with #AskAnMP and #EvidenceWeek and share with your colleagues, friends and family to submit questions and help us in the aim of equipping our Parliament with the tools to tackle the challenges ahead.
Submit your question now, down below!
Bruce Taylor – allotment holder, Aberdeen South: The UK needs to grow more of its own food. Also physical and mental health were big issues even before Covid. How can MPs measure the health and environmental benefits of allotments compared to other uses of land?
Emma Braysher – Twickenham: How is the pandemic affecting our progress towards the net-zero carbon target and what is being done to make sure we are on track?
Abdullah Iqbal – Pendle: With the proportion of elderly people rising in Pendle and as older populations typically suffer more from mental health illnesses and brain diseases, how are you assessing the interventions and programs that can be put in place to tackle this problem?
Jalisa Lynch – Teacher, Birmingham, Edgbaston: Teacher retention is already really low with the evidence suggesting that most newly qualified teachers leave the profession in the first 5 years, how is parliament monitoring teacher health, satisfaction and well-being during the pandemic?