Committee Activity: Fifth Parliament
Over the duration of the Fifth Parliament there were
The Fifth Parliament committee system comprised of 67 committees:
AD HOC COMMITTEES
Over the Fifth Parliament, Portfolio Committees held 5293 meetings. This is followed by the Select Committees which collectively held 911 meetings, 154 Ad Hoc Committee meetings and 125 meetings of the Joint Committees (View addendum)
Looking at these numbers in more detail, our statistics show some Portfolio Committees were extremely busy over the Fifth Parliament. These stand-out Committees include:
TRADE AND INDUSTRY: 268 meetings
POLICE: 237 meetings
APPROPRIATIONS: 236 meetings
TRANSPORT: 177 meetings
Calculations show that on average, the other Portfolio Committees held 109 meetings over the Fifth Parliament
Calculations also show that 2018 was the busiest year for all Committees – 1474 Committee meetings were held in this year alone. This equates to 23% of all meetings over the Fifth Parliament. This also ties in with a finding PMG made, in its study of legislative performance, that Parliament’s work rate increases significantly in the year immediately preceding a national election
NUMBER OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS: FIFTH PARLIAMENT
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We also took a look at the number of parliamentary work days during the Fifth Parliament – calculations show there were 613 parliamentary work days between June 2014 and March 2019 – this number excludes weekends, public holidays, constituency days (Mondays) and recess breaks.
NUMBER OF PARLIAMENTARY WORK DAYS
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Since the beginning of the Fifth Parliament, PMG has recorded the attendance (View Addendum) of MPs in Committee meetings. Our records show that the attendance of Committee meetings in the Fifth Parliament has improved over the five years. Those Portfolio Committees that stand out for top attendance over the five years are:
COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS
ARTS AND CULTURE
SPORT AND RECREATION
RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM
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