The Week ahead: Question Time & Joint Sitting
DATE: 9 March 2020
AUTHOR: People's Assembly
Question Time is the main business in the National Assembly (NA) chamber this week. The practice of oral questions is an established part of the parliamentary day and gives Members of Parliament (MPs) an opportunity to question the Executive about matters for which they are responsible.
Everything from specific scandals and programmes to big-picture policy to bread-and-butter issues and performance will be under the microscope. In practice, Question Time serves different objectives for governing party MPs and the opposition. In the case of the former, their questions are designed to give Ministers an opportunity to discuss the virtues of government policy. For the latter, it is a chance to confront the government for its actions and to highlight perceived inadequacies.
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