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Fewer official questions in Parliament in 2006 1/24/2007
24 January 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Lower House of Parliament posed fewer written and verbal questions to the Cabinet last year than in 2005. The number of written questions fell from 2,045 to 1,772.

The number of verbal questions fell from 96 to 92, according to the annual overview published by Parliament speaker Gerdi Verbeet on Wednesday.

For the third year running, the Socialist SP party''s Jan de Wit was the MP to submit the most written questions, a total of 106 last year. That was significantly fewer than in 2005 when he submitted 143 written questions.

The Labour PvdA was the party to submit the most questions in a comparison with other factions.

The social democrats submitted 486 questions last year, while the much smaller SP faction came in second with 437 written questions.

Last year 1,170 motions were submitted in Parliament, compared to 1,434 in 2005.

Of the motions submitted in 2006, some 488 were passed and 432 rejected. The rest were either postponed, withdrawn or are still being discussed.

Most of the motions submitted were initiated by the PvdA (236), followed by green-left GroenLinks (171) and Christian Democrat CDA (163).

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