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The role of Question Time [862kb]


Question Time

Question time is one of the most important elements of Parliamentary life. After formal proceedings have been concluded there is time in which Members may ask questions without notice, usually of Ministers of the Crown, but occasionally of other Members. Members probe, criticise or praise the actions of the Government in the form of questions seeking information. Their questions may cover the whole field of the State's activities: the nature of them varies greatly from day to day as the House reacts to the atmosphere of public life. Question time is a feature of the daily proceedings and a full hour is allocated to it in each sitting day.