The Role of the Speaker at Question Time
Thecontrols the pace of . After each question, if he/she allows MLAs to ask a lot of , there will be less time to cover different topics; the will be under close scrutiny on just a few subjects. If the Speaker allows too few , they will be able to deal with more topics in the time allowed, but in less detail. The Speaker has to try to find the right balance.
When selecting who can ask supplementary questions, the Speaker will try to ensure a cross-community balance during the 30 minutes the Minister is subject to questioning.
The Speaker will also try to control the progress of Question Time by appealing toto keep their supplementary questions short. He/she may check a Member for being too lengthy or for engaging in debate across the Chamber.
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