A200 - PMQs and Question Times Amendment

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A200 - PMQs and Question Times Amendment

Proposed by: Quamquam123 (GRN)
Seconded by: Afcwimbledon2 (LIB), Saunders16 (LIBER), Unown Uzer (UKIP), LifeIsFine (LIB), 04mr17 (LIB)


PMQs and Question Times Amendment

This House shall adjust the Guidance Document as follows:

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

27. Prime Minister's Questions

1) Prime Minister's Questions can take place on any day by mutual agreement of the Prime Minister and Speaker, having consulted the Leader of the Opposition. The Prime Minister should endeavour to be online as much as possible in the 24 hours after the update on that day.
2) MPs can PM the Speaker questions to be put to the Prime Minister. These should, at least roughly, relate to government actions, policies, aims or ideals.
3) By midnight two days before the chosen day, the Speaker should PM up to 8 questions to the Prime Minister. No more than one question should be from any single MP, except the Leader of the Opposition who may ask two. In the event of there being more than 8 questions for the Prime Minister, the Speaker should decide which 8 to send, but should aim to have questions from a range of parties and those from the Leader of the Opposition should take precedence.
4) The Prime Minister should answer the questions by PM to the Speaker by 5pm on the chosen day, ready for the evening update, when the Speaker should post them in the House.
5) The thread will stay open for follow-up questions to the Prime Minister until the update the next evening. All members may ask a single follow-up question, except the Leader of the Opposition who may ask two.
6) The Prime Minister may additionally nominate other government ministers to take Ministerial Questions, subject to the agreement of the Speaker.

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1) Prime Minister's Questions can take place on any day by mutual agreement of the Prime Minister and Speaker, having consulted the Leader of the Opposition.
2) The Speaker will create a Prime Minister’s Questions thread in which people may ask the Prime Minister questions. These should, at least roughly, relate to government actions, policies, aims or ideals. The Prime Minister should endeavour to be online as much as possible in the 48 hours after the update on that day.
3) Members are free to debate with one another in the thread but they have a limit as to how many questions they can ask the Prime Minister.
3.1) Ordinary users may ask two questions with two follow-ups.
3.2) MPs may ask four questions, with a follow-up question for each.
3.3) The Leader of the Opposition may ask six questions, with a follow-up question for each.
4) The Speaker will close the thread 48 hours after opening it, unless the Prime Minister requests them to keep it open a little longer.
5) The Prime Minister may additionally nominate other government ministers to take Ministerial Questions, subject to the agreement of the Speaker.

In the Guidance Document, add the following to the Statements of Intent, Departmental Reviews and Ministers' Questions section from:

28. Statements of Intent, Departmental Reviews and Ministers' Questions


9) Government ministers may also hold question times. These will follow the same procedure and rules as Prime Minister’s Questions.

Notes:

This amendment does four things. Firstly, it ensures that PMQs as we know it is shown in the Guidance Document, as opposed to what is actually there (ie members send questions to the Speaker who passes them on to the Prime Minister to answer). Secondly, this amendment allows members to debate with one another in the thread. It seems a shame that potential debate between members is halted in PMQs simply due to formalities. Thirdly, this amendment increases the number of questions people can ask the Prime Minister. Fourthly, the amendment ensures that Minister’s question times follow the same format and rules as PMQs.
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No there shouldn't be debate in PMQ's as the PM will loose some questions.

No, we don't need more questions, PMQ's is largely pointless anyway.

No, we don't need ministers questions. That what SOI's and departmental reviews are for.
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No to the increases in numbers of questions and I remain sceptical of the benefit of individual ministerial questions.
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When we don't even get these things in the first place, and when governments are mandated to have regular sessions they ignore the need, what is the point?
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If you have debate in the thread then it's just a debate thread - it's not PMQs. Also, four questions per MP with follow ups lol. Madness. We should want good answers to a few questions not an unless stream of glib answers to growingly rubbish questions.

Nay.
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(Original post by Saracen's Fez)
No to the increases in numbers of questions and I remain sceptical of the benefit of individual ministerial questions.
The benefit is that junior parties and the departments they control can have a distinct position, since SoIs seem very scarce. Essentially the government has a choice, either make their positions on issues clear through legislation, or allow the house to find out what the government positions are by asking. Because the legislation output currently (with exceptions) is not providing much clarity on what the policies are. (That's me putting it politely)
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(Original post by Rakas21)
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Mr Speaker I believe QQ and Afc are both RT.Hon :wink:

(Original post by Aph)
No there shouldn't be debate in PMQ's as the PM will loose some questions.

No, we don't need more questions, PMQ's is largely pointless anyway.

No, we don't need ministers questions. That what SOI's and departmental reviews are for.
^^^ This sums up how I feel about this amendment.
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Aye, I fully agree with the proposals for this amendment. Quamquam123.
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I don't really understand why people would be against stimulating debate at PMQs and allowing members to ask the Prime Minister just a few more questions. After all, if a Prime Minister doesn't have the time to answer them, they shouldn't be in that position in the first place.
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(Original post by Quamquam123)
I don't really understand why people would be against stimulating debate at PMQs and allowing members to ask the Prime Minister just a few more questions. After all, if a Prime Minister doesn't have the time to answer them, they shouldn't be in that position in the first place.
Because we have other forums for debate. PMQs is a procedural gimmick, nothing more.
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(Original post by Quamquam123)
I don't really understand why people would be against stimulating debate at PMQs and allowing members to ask the Prime Minister just a few more questions. After all, if a Prime Minister doesn't have the time to answer them, they shouldn't be in that position in the first place.
Fully agree with this.
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(Original post by Quamquam123)
I don't really understand why people would be against stimulating debate at PMQs and allowing members to ask the Prime Minister just a few more questions. After all, if a Prime Minister doesn't have the time to answer them, they shouldn't be in that position in the first place.
Because that's what atg is for, and just like in atg the government will Dodge the questions. Alternatively a motion can be used to stimulate debate as is their purpose

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PMQs is a procedural gimmick, nothing more.
But why should it not be more?
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(Original post by TheDefiniteArticle)
Because we have other forums for debate. PMQs is a procedural gimmick, nothing more.
Not sure I'd put it this starkly but this is effectively true. PMQs is effectively a ceremony, as if people seriously save up their questions for a PMQs session when we have a Q&A thread open all the time.
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This amendment has entered division.
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