A written question is a question asked by deputies to the vice presidents or ministers in written form, which is to be answered no later than fifteen days.
The motions of written questions, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure, must comply with the following conditions in form and content:
- Questions must be brief.
- Questions must not include any annexes.
- Questions must be directed to the vice president or one minister only.
- Questions must be addressed to the Office of the Speaker.
- Questions must be signed by only one deputy, indicating his or her name, surname and constituency.
- Questions must be prepared without justification. Personal opinions must not be expressed.
- Questions must not include personal or private life matters.
- Questions whose answers can easily be obtained from other sources are not appropriate.
- The purpose of the questions must not be consultation only.
- Questions must not include rude and insulting words.
In addition, in accordance with the Constitution, questions concerning the exercise of judicial power in a case under trial cannot be asked.
Motions of written questions sent to the General Documentation Department to be registered are referred to the Department of Laws and Resolutions, where they are processed.
The motions of written questions are reviewed according to the conditions of form and content, which must be in accordance with the provisions of the Rules of Procedure and the Constitution. If a motion of written question does not conform to the necessary requirements, the Speaker may send it back to the sponsor with an annexure containing a justification. The sponsor of the motion can re-submit the motion if only he or she corrects the matters specified in the justification for the motion’s return.
Written questions are numbered as (7/…) according to the order of admittance by the Office of the Speaker. The number of the motion, the name, surname, and constituency of the deputy, and the subject of the motion are published in the Order Paper. The motions of questions are sent to the vice presidency and the ministry concerned by the Office of the Speaker.
The period of answering written questions is 15 days after the Office of the Speaker notifies the vice president or the minister concerned.
The answer to the written question is submitted to the Office of the Speaker by the vice president or the minister concerned. One copy of the written answer is sent to the deputy who is the sponsor of the question.
The answer, together with the question text, will be published in the Journal of Minutes of the sitting in which the answer is received by the Office of the Speaker, or in the Journal of Minutes of the next sitting, which will be announced on the Assembly’s web page.
If the written question is not answered within 15 days, it is announced in the Order Paper that the question has not been answered within the deadline. The situation is also notified to the vice president or the minister concerned.
Motions of written questions are considered being processed from the time they are sent to the Office of the Speaker until they are answered. A motion of written question being processed can always be withdrawn by the sponsor of the motion with a letter.
A written question may be submitted to the Office of the Speaker concerning the duties of the Speaker, the Bureau, the members of the Bureau, and the Board of Spokespersons related to the activities of the Assembly.
These questions are answered by the Speaker or one of the Vice-Speakers designated by the Speaker.
The provisions that apply to these questions are the same as those that apply to the questions directed to the vice president and ministers.