This guide is designed to assist with the operation of the features and functions of the Parallel Parliament website.
Parallel Parliament is an independent aggregator of UK Parliamentary and Governmental information
Parallel Parliament exists to increase the accessibility of information to those interested in Parliament and Government, and to empower individuals through the democratisation of data.
We are always adding new sources and increasing the size of our available database. Below is a list of some of the data that we cover.
We currently assess most information sources on an hourly basis, along with a comprehensive overnight run to cover more infrequently updated data.
The earliest document in our database is indicated, though we may not have all documents since this date.
Currently, the site covers:
In addition, we also monitor and record:
The My Account page is the location through which alerts, Subscriptions, Enterprise Users and personal details can be managed
Anyone can create a Parallel Parliament account through the sign up form by providing an email address and password. In order to receive email alerts, you will need to purchase a subscription.
You can update any of your Parallel Parliament Account information by selecting the relevant header from the My Account page.
After deleting your account, you will no longer be able to log in and access your alerts. If you have purchased a subscription and delete your account, your subscription will be immediately cancelled and any active alerts will be suspended.
Subscriptions allow users to receive email alerts directly to their inbox
A range of subscriptions are available through the Parallel Parliament website, that allow users to receive alerts directly to their inbox. Details on how these alerts can be created and scheduled are available in the Alert Section.
We offer a range of subscriptions that provide either a set or unlimited number of alerts. Those who have purchased an Enterprise Subscription can add additional users to create and administer accounts for other users on the same domain.
Subscriptions will be activated immediately on completion of the purchasing process.
You must have create a Parallel Parliament account, and enter your details before purchasing a Subscription. In the event you have not done this in the My Account section of the website, you will be prompted to do so on the Pricing page.
The Pricing page contains details for each subscription type and to complete the purchasing process.
Subscriptions are invoiced monthly, through a charge made against your provided payment method.
Changes made to subscriptions are effected immediately upon completion of the payment process.
You may change your subscription at any time while your subscription is active. If you upgrade your subscription, you will be required to make a immediate payment of the pro-rata billing period cost of the upgrade.
If you downgrade your subscription, you will be credited with an account credit for the unused proportion of your previous subscription. This credit will be offset against any future invoices made on the new subscription.
Subscription and billing information can be accessed from the 'Subscription' tab of the 'My Account' page. The tab provides access to the Billing Portal where payment information can be updated and historical invoices retrieved.
Subscriptions can be cancelled from the Subscription page. The subscription will remain active until the conclusion of the most recently paid period.
Any credit that may have accrued to the subscription from earlier subscription downgrades will not be refunded when the subscription is cancelled.
Stakeholder Targeting allows Subscribers to identify organisations and individuals relevant to your concerns.
Input a phrase or keyword, and we will present you with the most relevant APPGs, Select Committees, Departments, MPs, and Lords associated with your search.
The results will show the most relevant APPGs, Select Committees, Departments, MPs, and Lords associated with your search.
An example of stakeholder targeting for the term "reproductive health" is shown below:
Datasets allow for a range of information to be structured and downloaded in a variety of formats.
A range of datasets are available and can be downloaded in a variety of formats. Quick links can be downloaded simply by choosing the preferred download format.
Additional filtering options may be available for some datasets which allow for a narrower selection of information to be downloaded.
PDF packs allow for multiple documents to be combined into a single publication which will be emailed to you and made available for later download.
PDF packs can be created from any Bill page by clicking the 'Create PDF Pack' button and selecting the desired documents.
Once opened, the PDF pack creator allows you to select which documents should be included in your pack, along with the order in which the documents should be included and whether the documents should be grouped.
You must be logged in to your Parallel Parliament account in order to use the PDF Pack functionality, as the pack will be automatically emailed to you once it has been created.
In the event that the document you wished to include could not be added to the PDF file, the file link will be included in the PDF pack and you will be notified in the email of what files were unable to be added.
Each PDF pack will contain a table of contents with page numbers for each of the contained files.
The Navigation Pane of the PDF file allows simple browsing through the files contained within the PDF Pack.
PDF packs can be downloaded at a later date from the Account page. Files will be retained for 30 days before they will be deleted.
Enterprise Subscriptions allow the creation of additional users ('Enterprise Users') under the same Subscription. All Enterprise Users and the subscriber have unlimited alerts available
After an Enterprise Subscription has been purchased, the Enterprise Tab will become available in the 'My Account' page, where Enterprise Users can be created or removed from the account.
Enterprise Users can only be created on the same domain as the Subscription holder. If you wish to add additional domains under the same account, please contact us here. Be aware that only domains with a clear and direct justification will be considered for addition.
Enterprise Users can be added by completing the new Enterprise User form on the Enterprise tab. The Enterprise User will be created immediately upon completion of the form.
If the Enterprise User already holds a Parallel Parliament account, they will be informed of their unlimited alerts through addition to the Enterprise subscription, and the email address of the account holder.
If the Enterprise User does not have an existing account, we will create an account and supply the initial login details directly to the Enterprise User.
Enterprise Users can be removed from the list of Enterprise Users by clicking and confirming the 'Remove User' dialog from the list of Enterprise Users.
The Enterprise User will be informed that their unlimited Enterprise alerts have been withdrawn. Any alerts they have that are in excess of any other alert quota they have available will be suspended.
If you downgrade your subscription, your subscription will be immediately changed to the new subscription. This action will immediately remove all of your Enterprise Users, and they will each be informed of the reduction in their available alerts.
As with all other subscriptions, should you cancel your Enterprise Subscription, it will remain active until the conclusion of your currently paid period. At the conclusion of this period, your Enterprise Users will be removed, and they will each be informed of the reduction in their available alerts.
Alerts are emails through which users can remain informed of events. Alerts are only available to Subscribers.
Alerts can be triggered on the activities of Departments, MPs/Lords, Legislation, or through a text-based search (keywords).
Alerts can be scheduled to be received either Immediately, Daily or Weekly
Alerts can be created directly where a bell symbol appears. Alerts can also be created, once logged in, from the 'My Account' section of the website.
Alerts created from the 'My Account' section of the website allow the expected frequency and content of alerts to be seen before the alert has been created.
This can be useful when assessing the correct use of conditional operators such as 'OR' and 'AND' for keyword alerts.
Immediate alerts are sent on an hourly basis, otherwise alerts are sent at the scheduled time (Daily), or the scheduled time and day (Weekly)
The timezone for scheduled alerts is UK Local time.
If the first alert is within the initial period, for example a daily alert created at 12:00 which will be sent at 13:00, the first alert will look backwards to the previous 13:00 when being sent.
Alerts based on these items will include all information that is directly linked to the item, along with a text-based search for the name of the item itself.
Whereas alerts based on an object (MP, Legislation or Department) are clearly defined in scope, text-based alerts are more flexible and offer more potential for customisation.
Text-based alerts can be created from the search page, or from the account management page. A sample of the text alert can be pre-viewed from both locations
By default, text phrases are considered as a whole phrase, for example 'Widget Manufacturing' will only trigger an alert when that full phrase is present.
The text search is able to locate plurals and possessives, there is no need to make separate alerts for grammatical variations.
Quotation marks and conditional expressions (AND and OR) can be used to join phrases together.
Commas are interpreted as OR statements. If you wish to search for a phrase that includes a comma, the phrase must be enclosed with quotation marks.
There are three ways in which alerts can be created through Parallel Parliament:
On the 'My Account' page you will find the following menu, allowing you to select all types of alert, and the desired frequency:
Clicking on the alarm bell will bring up the alert creation dialog for the MP selected.
After an alert has been created, it can be edited, suspended or deleted as required.
Clicking on the alert slider in the 'My Account' page causes the alert to be inactivated or reactivated as desired
Alerts can be edited from the 'My Account' page by clicking the pencil item in the alert row.
The timing or subject of any alert may be amended and resaved.
Alerts can be cancelled by logging into 'My Account' and clicking the Delete button on the relevant alert:
Alerts can also be deleted by clicking the Unsubscribe link included in the alert email footer.