Types of Questions – Parliament YouTube Lecture Handouts for Competitive Exams (2021)

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Types of Questions - Starred, Unstarred & Short Notice Questions in Parliament
  • Members have a right to ask questions to elicit information on matters of public importance within the special cognizance of the Ministers concerned. The questions are of four types:
  • Starred Questions: Desires an oral answer from the Minister in the House and is required to be distinguished by him/her with an asterisk. Answer to such a question may be followed by supplementary questions by members.
  • Unstarred Questions: Desire for a written answer and is deemed to be laid on the Table of the House by Minister. Thus, it is not called for oral answer in the House and no supplementary question can be asked thereon.
  • Short Notice Questions: A member may give a notice of question on a matter of public importance and of urgent character for oral answer at a notice less than 10 days prescribed as the minimum period of notice for asking a question in ordinary course.
  • Questions to Private Members: A Question may also be addressed to a Private Member (Under Rule 40 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha) , provided that the subject matter of the question relates to some Bill, Resolution or other matter connected with the business of the House for which that Member is responsible.
  • The procedure regarding such questions is same as that followed in the case of questions addressed to a Minister with such variations as the Speaker may consider necessary.

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