On questions on notice

The Hill Times has an interesting article describing how the current Canadian Cabinet prepares for the daily Question Period. One former sta [...]

On helping the Speaker clean up Question Period

The CBC’s parliamentary reporter, Kady O’Malley, has put forward a few suggestions on how to encourage the Speaker of the Canadi [...]

Standing Orders and Oral Questions: the UK House of Commons

In part three of our comparison of Standing Orders governing Question Period, we now turn our attention to the mother of all parliaments, We [...]

Standing Orders and Oral Questions: New Zealand

In the second part of our review of Standing Orders governing Question Period in other jurisdictions, we will now look at New Zealand. The N [...]

Standing Orders and Oral Questions: Australia

Following a rather raucous Question Period earlier this week (see my previous post, as well as this excellent overview of events by Aaron Wh [...]

Question or Answer Period?

Recently in the Canadian House of Commons, the Leader of the Official Opposition vented his frustration over the repeated non-answers to que [...]

Quality over Quantity

On 15 September 2014, MP Elizabeth May raised a questions of privilege in the Canadian House of Commons over the Government’s “u [...]

On Written Questions

While most are quite familiar with Question Period or Question Time – the parliamentary proceeding during which MPs question governmen [...]

MP defections and by-election timing

Douglas Carswell, a UK Conservative backbench MP, today announced he was quitting the Tory Party to join UKIP (the United Kingdom Independen [...]

Row over the selection of a new Clerk for the House of Commons

Earlier this year, the Clerk of the UK House of Commons, Sir Robert Rogers, announced that he would be retiring at the end of August. Tradit [...]
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