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Question Hour

Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

Question Hour:


Context:

The Question Hour, which had been suspended by the government during the monsoon session, will resume when Parliament meets for the Budget session from January 29.

What is Question Hour?

  • The first hour of every parliamentary sitting is termed as Question hour.
  • It is mentioned in the Rules of Procedure of the House.
  • During this time, the members ask questions and the ministers usually give answers.
  • The questions can also be asked to the private members (MPs who are not ministers).

Question Hour in both Houses is held on all days of the session. But there are two days when an exception is made:

  1. There is no Question Hour on the day the President addresses MPs from both Houses in the Central Hall.
  2. Question Hour is not scheduled on the day the Finance Minister presents the Budget.

Key facts:

The presiding officers of the both Houses (Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha) are the final authority with respect to the conduct of Question Hour.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. What is question hour?
  2. What is zero hour?
  3. What are starred questions?
  4. What are unstarred questions?

Mains Link:

Discuss the significance of Zero hour in parliament.

Sources: the Hindu.