Definitions for question time
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a time set aside in a session during which members of a parliament may question a minister or ministers regarding state affairs. Also called ques′tion pe`riod.
Category: British, Canada/Canadian
Origin of question time:
a period during a parliamentary session when members of British Parliament may ask questions of the ministers
a time during a sitting of parliament wherein Members of Parliament ask questions of Government Ministers (including the Prime Minister) which they are obliged to answer.
Question time in a parliament occurs when members of the parliament ask questions of government ministers, which they are obliged to answer. It usually occurs daily while parliament is sitting, though it can be cancelled in exceptional circumstances. Question time originated in the Westminster system of the United Kingdom, and occurs in other countries, mostly Commonwealth countries, who use the system. In practice, the questions asked in question time are usually pre-arranged by the organisers of each party; although the questions are usually without notice. Questions from government backbenchers are either intended to allow the Minister to discuss the virtues of government policy, or to attack the opposition. A typical format of such a government backbencher's question might be "Could the Minister discuss the benefits of the government's initiative on , and is the Minister aware of any alternative policies in this area?"
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