A160 - Question Times Amendment

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    A160 - Question Times Amendment

    Proposed by: Quamquam123 MP (LAB)
    Seconded by: TheDefiniteArticle (LAB), Unown Uzer (UKIP), hazzer1998 (UKIP), DMcGovern (SOC), Andy98 (GRN)


    Question Times Amendment

    This House shall adjust the Guidance Document as follows:

    In the Guidance Document, amend clause 1 in the Prime Minister’s Questions section from:

    1)The Prime Minister may choose the day of the week they answer Prime Minister's Questions. They should endeavour to be online as much as possible in the 24 hours after the update on that day.

    to:

    1) Prime Minister’s Questions will take place once a fortnight, on a Wednesday. The Prime Minister should endeavour to be online as much as possible in the 24 hours after the update on that day. The Prime Minister is entitled to call additional PMQs if he/she desires.



    In the Guidance Document, rename Section 13 from:

    Statements of Intent and Departmental Reviews

    to:

    Statements of Intent, Departmental Reviews and Minister’s Questions



    In the Guidance Document, create clause 9 in the Statements of Intent, Departmental Reviews and Minister’s Questions section:

    9) Key Cabinet members, which includes the Chancellor, the Home Secretary, the Foreign Secretary, the Health Secretary, the Education Secretary and the Defence Secretary, are obliged to hold at least one of their own question times during the term. They may hold more than one question time if they wish. Other Cabinet members may hold their own question times too. At the beginning of each term, the Prime Minister will publish a provisional timetable of when question times will be held.


    Notes:
    This amendment aims to make PMQs slightly more frequent and make sure there is at least one question time each term for the major Cabinet positions.

    The Question Times amendment will help to boost government activity and connect the Prime Minister and his Cabinet better with the other MHoC members. This amendment has been planned so that question times don’t happen too frequently that people find them tedious but not too sporadic that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet members become detached from the House.
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    Not really, PMQ's ect. are so tedious and boring and we really don't need them.
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    Nay.
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    Aye- a fixed day for PMQs is a sensible proposal and those holding the major posts should not be able to dodge answering questions.
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    Aye.
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    Haha, I was wondering if there would be a crescendo! :awesome:

    In any case, duh, you can ask those questions anywhere…
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    Nay. Don't really see the point of QT when there is a Ask the Government thread. It's not hard to either tag or @ the appropriate person when you want to ask a question.
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    I think this is very interesting; something I would be likely to support, but I do have to question if PMQ once every other week could be too frequent
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    (Original post by adam9317)
    I think this is very interesting; something I would be likely to support, but I do have to question if PMQ once every other week could be too frequent
    I don't believe it is too frequent. The Prime Minister is the most significant non-neutral member of the House so they should be active enough to take PMQs once a fortnight. If for whatever reason they are busy for one of the PMQ sessions, the Deputy Prime Minister can take over. PMQs do tend to provide some interesting topics so I really don't think there would be a lack of questions.
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    Nay. Don't really see the point of QT when there is a Ask the Government thread. It's not hard to either tag or @ the appropriate person when you want to ask a question.
    The Ask the Government thread is good for asking the Government general questions and discussing various events/legislation they are involved with but I believe that question times are a good way for people to get a sense of the strategies and policies of specific departments. Also, this amendment prevents inactive members from being given important Cabinet roles.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    I don't believe it is too frequent. The Prime Minister is the most significant non-neutral member of the House so they should be active enough to take PMQs once a fortnight. If for whatever reason they are busy for one of the PMQ sessions, the Deputy Prime Minister can take over. PMQs do tend to provide some interesting topics so I really don't think there would be a lack of questions.
    Its not the PM's activity that concerns me, but a lack of meaningful interesting questions that come up to actually ask the PM
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    No on two counts:
    1) it's too frequent
    2) If you really want to try to maximise the amount of time the PM is available it should be starting Friday because, you know, most people don't have work or school at the weekend.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    No on two counts:
    1) it's too frequent
    2) If you really want to try to maximise the amount of time the PM is available it should be starting Friday because, you know, most people don't have work or school at the weekend.
    Your second point is very good and a change which I will make for a second reading. For your first point, how frequent do you think PMQs should be?
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    (Original post by adam9317)
    Its not the PM's activity that concerns me, but a lack of meaningful interesting questions that come up to actually ask the PM
    I do not believe that would be a concern. The Prime Minister is in charge of the entire Government so there are hundreds of different questions that people could ask the Prime Minister. This is quite different to specific departments where questions can only be asked on that specific topic. This observation is particularly apparent in the minor Cabinet QTs. Perhaps though if the PMQs was every 3 or 4 weeks, there would be a greater range of questions asked.
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    Nay. Don't really see the point of QT when there is a Ask the Government thread. It's not hard to either tag or @ the appropriate person when you want to ask a question.
    I second what the beautiful Airmed says.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    I do not believe that would be a concern. The Prime Minister is in charge of the entire Government so there are hundreds of different questions that people could ask the Prime Minister. This is quite different to specific departments where questions can only be asked on that specific topic. This observation is particularly apparent in the minor Cabinet QTs. Perhaps though if the PMQs was every 3 or 4 weeks, there would be a greater range of questions asked.
    You have see what PMQs look like so you can't play the ignorance card this time, you know that at PMQs on here the questions are always dire and not worth asking so please don't insult our intelligences and suggest otherwise.
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    (Original post by JoeL1994)
    I second what the beautiful Airmed says.
    :love:
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    I do not believe that would be a concern. The Prime Minister is in charge of the entire Government so there are hundreds of different questions that people could ask the Prime Minister. This is quite different to specific departments where questions can only be asked on that specific topic. This observation is particularly apparent in the minor Cabinet QTs. Perhaps though if the PMQs was every 3 or 4 weeks, there would be a greater range of questions asked.
    Your logic makes me laugh.
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    On balance, aye. I'd quite like to see more minister's questions, as I think they give more junior members of the House needed time in the limelight and can be an opportunity to ask more focussed questions than in AtGovt.
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    (Original post by Aph)
    You have see what PMQs look like so you can't play the ignorance card this time, you know that at PMQs on here the questions are always dire and not worth asking so please don't insult our intelligences and suggest otherwise.
    I'm not being ignorant or insulting your intelligence and I don't believe PMQs are dire at all. I'm saying that I don't believe people would ignore PMQs if they just became a bit more structured.
 
 
 
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