Terms of Reference

COMMITTEE ON PROCEDURES

INQUIRY INTO TOPICAL QUESTIONS

Terms of Reference

This Inquiry will:

  • Investigate whether a gap exists in opportunities for Members to question Ministers and the Assembly Commission;
  • Consider whether Topical Questions should be spontaneous or whether notice should be given to ensure that the information is available to provide an answer;
  • Look at definitions of Topical Questions;
  • Identify the potential benefits of introducing Topical Questions;
  • Analyse and compare practice and the effectiveness of Topical Questions in other legislatures;
  • Consider any rules surrounding the admissibility of Topical Questions;
  • Consider how frequently Topical Questions should be asked, of whom and how the Members asking the questions should be selected;
  • Consider whether time limits should be imposed on responses.

The Committee will then produce a report with findings, conclusions and recommendations for consideration by the Assembly.

Duration of the inquiry

As the Committee on Procedures meets monthly it is likely to be October 2012 before a report is presented to the Assembly.

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