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, there was no Question Hour in the House till 26 May, 1952. 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. This procedure was followed in the House from 21 July,1952 and continued till July, 1964. The procedure¬† was further revised to include Friday also.
The Question Hour used to start at 11.00 a.m. and conclude at 12.00 noon on five days a week. ¬†¬†*Consequent upon¬†¬† amendment to Rule ¬†38 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Council of States,¬†¬† Question Hour in Rajya Sabha was shifted¬† to 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
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