On Ministerial Statements

In this post, I compared the UK format for oral questions to the Canadian format, and argued that the UK format provided for more, not less accountability. In that post, I also referred to Urgent Questions, which is another means available to Members of the UK House of Commons to question a minister on an urgent, topical matter, regardless of whether it is that ministry’s turn in the oral questions rotation. There is yet another option available to Members in the UK that provides greater accountability, and that is statements by ministers, where a minister – including the Prime Minister, elects to address the House on a topical issue. Now, ministerial statements exist in Canada as well. However, there is […]