What is Question hour and Zero Hour?

Q.  Which of the following is/are true regarding Question Hour and Zero Hour?

1) Zero hour is not mentioned in the Rules of Procedure.
2) Unstarred questions can have supplementary questions.

- Published on 03 Mar 17

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. All of the above

ANSWER: Only 1
    Question Hour -

  • The first hour of every parliamentary sitting is kept for this.

  • During this time, the members ask questions and the ministers usually give answers.

  • The questions are of three kinds, namely, starred, unstarred and short notice.

  • A starred question (distinguished by an asterisk) requires an oral answer and hence supplementary questions can follow.

  • An unstarred question, on the other hand, requires a written answer and hence, supplementary questions cannot follow.

  • A short notice question is one that is asked by giving a notice of less than ten days.

  • It is answered orally.

  • Zero Hour -

  • Unlike the question hour, the zero hour is not mentioned in the Rules of Procedure.

  • Thus it is an informal device available to the members of the Parliament to raise matters without any prior notice.

  • The zero hour starts immediately after the question hour and lasts until the agenda for the day (ie, regular business of the House) is taken up.

  • In other words, the time gap between the question hour and the agenda is known as zero hour.

  • It is an Indian innovation in the field of parliamentary procedures and has been in existence since 1962.

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