RAJYA SABHA QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
RULES OF PROCEDURE
Like other legislatures, Rajya Sabha has provided for the procedure for asking questions in its Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business. The first sitting of Rajya Sabha was held on 13 May 1952. However, till 26 May 1952 there was no Question Hour in the House. The first half-an-hour was made available for asking and answering questions on 27 and 28 May 1952. Questions were thus put in the Rajya Sabha for the first time on 27 May 1952. The Chairman, Rajya Sabha made an announcement on 14 July 1952 regarding amendment in the Rules thereby making the first hour of the sitting on every Monday to Thursday available for asking questions. The new procedure was followed in the House from 21 July1952. This procedure continued till July 1964 when it was further revised to include Friday also.
Rule 38 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Rajya Sabha provides that unless the Chairman otherwise directs, the first hour of every sitting shall be available for the asking and answering of questions.
The Question Hour starts at 11.00 a.m. and concludes at 12.00 noon on five days a week when the House sits, i.e., from Monday to Friday. In case any other business like oath taking by members or obituary references is taken up at 11.00 a.m, the time taken thereon is not made good by extending the Question Hour beyond 12.00 noon.
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