Q&A sessions take place democratically: top legislator

Question and answer sessions of the fifth sitting of the 14th National Assembly (NA) took place from June 4-6 in a democratic, frank and responsible atmosphere, said NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue is answering deputies' questions.
Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue is answering deputies' questions.

Delivering her conclusion on June 6, the top legislator said the reform in the Q&A sessions has proven effective, receiving appraisals from deputies and voters.

The new rule gives each NA deputy one minute to raise questions, and after three questions, the asked Cabinet member has three minutes to make the answers. The change is designed to increase dialogue and face-to-face debate.

NA Chairwoman Ngan said deputies raised queries relating to the spheres of transport; natural resources; labour, invalids and social affairs; and education-training.

Ministers of Transport; Natural Resources and Environment; Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; and Education and Training had taken the floor at the sessions.

Deputy Prime Ministers Vu Duc Dam and Trinh Dinh Dung, the Prosecutor General of the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s Court, and Ministers of Public Security and Home Affairs also joined the debates.

Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue, on behalf of the Government, reported a number of issues under the charge of the Government, and directly answered questions of NA deputies, she said.

The questions focused on major socio-economic issues of public concern, she said, noting that most of them had been cleared up by the Cabinet members. The queries that were not answered at the meeting will be replied in document by the Cabinet members.

The top legislator said NA deputies pointed out limitations and shortcomings, while showing their responsibility to join hands with the Government, ministries, agencies and localities in implementing guidelines, policies and socio-economic tasks for national development and happiness of people.

The NA Standing Committee will prepare a draft resolution on the Q&A sessions to submit to the legislature for approval at the end of the meeting, she said, adding that the document will serve as a foundation to supervise the implementation.

NA Chairwoman Ngan asked the Government, ministries and agencies to fully and seriously study and acquire opinions of NA deputies, voters and people, along with deploying measures to deal with weaknesses in each sector.