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Questions to the government, new formula

Palace revolution in the Assembly.

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Questions to the government, new formula

Palace revolution in the Assembly. This Tuesday, November 21, for the first time in four years, the question session with the government lasted only one hour and fifteen minutes (twenty-two in reality) compared to the usual two hours. For what ? To stem the loss of interest among MPs and viewers in the exercise.

Since 2019, the only “QAG” session included 28 questions addressed by parliamentarians to ministers over two long hours. From now on only 18 speakers can question the ministers present, i.e. one less question per group. However, do not think that the lower house is gagged. This Wednesday, a change in the rules of the game, a deputy from each group will ask a question for a second 45-minute session. A return to two weekly sessions in order to revitalize an exercise that has gradually become boring.

A rare media spotlight for MPs, the “QAG” exercise was created in 1974 according to the wishes of President Giscard d’Estaing. During these sessions, the tenants of Bourbon can exercise their mission of controlling executive power. Between 1995 and 2019, two weekly one-hour sessions were held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the hemicycle.

During his accession to the perch, Richard Ferrand expressed his desire to merge these two sessions into one, on Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. Four years of soporific debates later, the Assembly backpedaled and returned at least until mid-February to a very similar formula.

The president of the communist group (GDR) André Chassaigne, who opposed the elimination of the Wednesday session, considers the new formula to be “a lesser evil” and therefore supported it. This neo-vintage format allows deputies to question the government on Wednesday, after the council of ministers.

However, this major upheaval in the legislative organization is not free from imperfections. This new session will leave only 15 minutes for ministers to reach the Senate where they will have to undergo the same exercise! No doubt, the rotating flashing light convoys between Bourbon and the Luxembourg Palace are to be expected.

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