Rules Of Procedure Of The Assembly Of The Republic

Original Language Title: Regimento da Assembleia da República

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Partido Popular Party CDS-PP Parliamentary Group Assembly of the Republic-Palace of Saint Benedict-1249-068 Lisboa-Phone: 21 391 9233-Fax: 21 391 7456 Email: gp_pp@pp.parlamento.pt DRAFT RESOLUTION No. 203/X CHANGE to the RULES OF PROCEDURE of the ASSEMBLY of the REPUBLIC section IV weekly Debate with the Prime Minister Article 239-weekly Debate with the Prime Minister 1-Prime Minister attends every Wednesday in plenary for a session of questions for members unless another date is fixed by the President of the Assembly of the Republic, ears the Government and the Conference of representatives of the Parliamentary Groups. 2 – the parliamentary groups will indicate the materials on which they want to question the Prime Minister, at least 24 hours. 3-Each Group has an overall time of not more than five minutes. 4-Each question is followed immediately by the Prime Minister's response, in equal time, with right to rebuttal. 5 – in the back of questions involved all the parliamentary groups, in descending order of their representativeness, but, given priority to the largest parliamentary opposition group. 6-the right to replica has a duration of not more than two minutes, with the exception of the first response to each parliamentary group, which can last up to five minutes. 7-the weekly debate is not delegável, except in exceptional circumstances. 2 8-Assessed and verified the exceptional circumstances by the President of the Assembly of the Republic, heard the Conference of the representatives of the Parliamentary Groups, the Prime Minister can only do represent pursuant to article 185 of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic.

Section V Questions the Government Article 240 Questions to the Government 1 – members can formulate questions orally to the fortnightly meetings of the Government plenary session organized for this purpose. 2-questions to Government sessions can be sectoral or General in scope. 3-Each sectoral questions session is directed to a Government Department and relies on the presence of the Minister and his team. 4-the sessions of sectoral Government questions have the maximum duration of 2 hours, with the Government some time to answers the same as the time for the formulation of the questions, and the Conference of representatives of the Parliamentary Groups establish the distribution of questions according to the representation of each group, as well as decide on the Organization of the session. 5-Each question is immediately followed by the reply by the Government, there is no way for the accumulation of time for replies.

Article 241º General Questions 1 – can still be scheduled by the President of the Assembly of the Republic, heard the Conference of the representatives of the Parliamentary Groups, General questions sessions. 3 2 – the questions are chosen and ordered by the President of the Assembly of the Republic, heard the Conference, in compliance with the principle of proportionality and alternation, in respect of Members of each parliamentary group. 3 – the debate takes place in the following terms: a) interpelantes Members ask questions for time not exceeding three minutes; (b)) the Government accounts for time not exceeding three minutes; c) any Member has the right to immediately ask for additional information about the response time for no more than two minutes, but the first question of additional clarification is always assigned to the challenging Member. 4-the use of the word to the requests for clarification referred to in paragraph (c)) of the preceding paragraph shall be granted with due respect for the rule of alternation. 5-the maximum overall time for the issues raised by the initial question may not exceed 20 minutes even with prejudice to the inscriptions or the use of the word in course.

Section VI – the right to fixing the agenda Article 241º-the right to fixing the agenda In each legislative session can be held up to a maximum of three times, on a date to be fixed by the President of the Assembly of the Republic, the Government and the Conference of representatives of the Parliamentary Groups, a general or sectoral policy debate started with a government intervention, subject to questions of the parliamentary groups, followed by general debate that is terminated by the Government.

Section VI-B potestativo Debate with a member of the Government Article 241º 4-B potestativo Debate with a member of 1 Government-opposition Parliamentary Groups have the right to twice per legislative session schedule a debate, calling the members of the Government responsible for the governance sector concerned. 2 – the Assembly deliberates this scheduling debate on term of not more than 4 days. 3-the debates referred to in the preceding paragraphs shall be carried out under the conditions laid down by the Conference in accordance with article 155.

Section VIII Applications Article 245 1-Requirements ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .... 2-the receiving Agency must respond within 30 days.

Article 1 unanswered Requirements 246º-in January, April and July, are published in the journal applications for more than three months and not yet answered. 2 – on eight of each month are published on the Internet site of the Assembly of the Republic the requirements that have not been answered after 30 days.

Palácio de s. Bento, 2 May 2007.

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