10 November 2010

Reducing Speaking Time In Parliament

The Standing Orders Committee of the Singapore Parliament is recommending that the time allowed for speeches in parliament be reduced, according to media reports.

Under the recommendations:
  • A member of parliament will not be entitled to speak on any motion in Parliament for more than 20 minutes, down from 30 minutes presently.
  • A cabinet minister or a parliamentary secretary will not be entitled to speak on any motion in Parliament for more than 40 minutes, down from one hour presently.

The recommended changes are a balance between efficiency and how much time is needed.

Hopefully the balance is correctly struck.  Effectiveness of parliamentary debate is of paramount importance.  Efficiency is a bonus.

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