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Question Hour

The Government is put on trial during the Question Hour and every Minister whose turn it is to answer questions has to stand up and answer for his or his administration’s acts of omission and commission.


The Question Hour is an interesting part of the Parliamentary proceedings.

The Questions asked during Question hour are classified into four types:

  • Starred
  • Un-starred
  • Short Notice Questions
  • Questions addressed to private Members
  • A Starred Question is one to which a member desires an oral answer in the House
  • An Un-starred Question is one which is not called for oral answer in the House. To such a question, a written answer has to be laid on the Table after the Question Hour by the Minister to whom it is addressed.

  • A Short Notice Question is one which relates to a matter of urgent public importance and can be asked with shorter notice than the period of notice prescribed for an ordinary question.

  • The Question to a Private Member is addressed to the Member himself/herself and it is asked when the subject matter of it pertains to any Bill

At the end of the Question Hour, after the questions for oral answer have been answered, Short Notice Question, if any, for that day is taken up and disposed of in the same way as the questions for oral answers.

  • It is when the Parliament is in session that the government gets valuable feedback that helps it to improve its performance and serve the people better.

  • The Parliament’s approval is crucial for the government in all matters dealing with finances.

  • The government (executive) needs the approval of the Parliament in all important matters, so, the Parliament helps to guide, control and inform the government.

The MPs, as representatives of the people, play a crucial role in controlling, guiding and informing the Parliament and this is a main feature of the functioning of Indian democracy.

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