First Minister's Questions


First Minister's Questions

First Minister's Questions is the name given to the weekly questioning of the leaders of devolved administrations in the United Kingdom. First Minister's Questions works in a similar way to Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland Questions to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (or simply "First Minister's Questions") is taken jointly by the First Minister and Deputy First Minster. This dyarchy is to enable the leaders of the main unionist and nationalist parties to work together in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly are allowed half an hour to put questions to the ministers. The questions are tabled in advance by the MLAs.

cotland

First Minister's Questions is the name given to the Question Time in Scotland, where every Thursday when the Scottish Parliament is sitting the First Minister spends half an hour answering questions from Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). There also subject specific and general questions and other stages in the Parliamentry week during which Ministers answer questions.

Wales

In Wales the National Assembly for Wales holds First Minister's Questions. Assembly Members have up to thirty minutes to question the Welsh First Minister on issues regarding the responsibilities of the Office of the First Minister and the Assembly government as a whole.

ee also

*Northern Ireland Executive
*Scottish Government
*Welsh Assembly Government

External links

* [http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/ Northern Ireland Assembly]
* [http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/ Scottish Parliament]
* [http://www.assemblywales.org/ Welsh Assembly]


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