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Prime Minister's Question Time to start today - Bill Watch 45/2011
Veritas
October 26, 2011

Prime Minister’s Question Time

The Speaker of the House of Assembly and the President of the Senate yesterday announced the inauguration of the Prime Minister’s Question Time as follows:

  • House of Assembly – today, Wednesday 26th October, from 2.15 pm to 3.15 pm
  • Senate – tomorrow, Thursday 27th October, from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm.

Form of the Proceedings

The guidelines given to MPs and Senators by the Speaker and the President of the Senate are:

1. Only policy questions will be permissible;

2. Supplementary questions should be restricted to the policy questions;

3. Only 3 supplementary questions per policy question will be admitted;

4. Questions should be generally be on national issues;

5. Questions that can properly be addressed by line Ministers should be avoided.

Background

The Standing Orders of both Houses were amended during the last Session to provide for the holding of Prime Minister’s Question Time on the last Wednesday of each month in the House of Assembly and the last Thursday of each month in the Senate. This week, for the first time, both Houses will be sitting on those days.

Public Attendance

Members of the public wishing to attend should contact Parliament’s Public Relations department for tickets admitting them to the public gallery. Telephone 700181, 252936.

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