ATC171025: First Report Of The Rules Committee Of The National Assembly, 2017 On The Establishment Of The Subcommittee To Monitor And Report On Questions Endorsed As Unanswered
1. FIRST REPORT OF THE RULES COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, 2017 ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE TO MONITOR AND REPORT ON QUESTIONS ENDORSED AS UNANSWERED
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms B Mbete MP, presents the First Report of the Rules Committee, 2017 on the establishment of a Subcommittee to Monitor and Report on Questions Endorsed as Unanswered:
The Rules Committee, having met on 18 October 2017, recommends for the consideration of the House – as a standing order in accordance with section 57 of the Constitution – the following pertaining to a system to monitor questions (Rule 136(1)):
Pursuant to the adoption of the Rules of the National Assembly (9th Edition), and specifically Rule 136(1), a Subcommittee to Monitor and Report on Questions Endorsed As Unanswered is hereby established for the duration of the Fifth Parliament, as follows:
The Subcommittee consists of the number of members and party representation as determined by the Rules Committee but must include in its membership the Parliamentary Counselor to the Leader of Government Business.
The Deputy Speaker or, if the Deputy Speaker is unavailable, a House Chairperson is the chairperson of the subcommittee.
Functions and Powers
- The Subcommittee must-
- receive and consider quarterly reports from the Speaker on questions endorsed on the Question Paper as “unanswered”;
- engage the relevant ministers on the reasons for questions being unanswered; and
- report to the Rules Committee on a quarterly basis, or as and when required, and such reports to include findings and any recommendations to address identified challenges or concerns.
- The Subcommittee has the powers and responsibilities as provided for in, and must function in accordance with, National Assembly Rule 172(1).
Report to be considered.
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