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Rules of procedure of the National Assembly

January 2007

[NOTE: This English translation was prepared under the responsibility of the European Affairs Department of the National Assembly. The French original is the sole authentic text.]

TITLE I  : ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION OF THE ASSEMBLY

CHAPTER I

Provisional Bureau

Rule 1

1. At the first sitting of each new term the chair shall be taken by the oldest member of the National Assembly, until the President has been elected.

2. The six youngest deputies present shall perform the duties of secretaries until the Bureau has been elected.

3. No debates shall be held while the oldest member is in the chair.

CHAPTER II

Admission of Deputies –

Invalid elections – Seats falling vacant

Rule 2

At the commencement of the first sitting of each new term the oldest member shall inform the Assembly that the Government has communicated to him the names of the persons elected. He shall direct that they be posted immediately on the notice board and that they be published after the verbatim report of the sitting.

Rule 3

Petitions contesting an election and decisions dismissing them given by the Constitutional Council shall be communicated by the oldest member or the President in manner provided by Rule 2 at the commencement of the first sitting after they have been received.

Rule 4

1. Communication of decisions by the Constitutional Council which either reverse cancel the declaration made by the electoral returns committee and declare another candidate duly elected or declare void a contested election shall be made at the commencement of the first sitting after notification has been received, and the constituencies concerned and the candidates whose election has been invalidated shall be identified.

2. In the event of reversal of the result of an election, the name of the candidate declared elected shall be announced immediately after the decision has been communicated.

3. If the President is notified of a decision declaring void an election given by the Constitutional Council at a time when the Assembly is not sitting, he shall take note of it by means of a notice in the Journal officiel and shall inform the Assembly at the first sitting thereafter.

4. The same provisions shall apply in the event of disqualification or compulsory resignation determined by the Constitutional Council.

Rule 5

Where an election is declared invalid, any initiative taken by the deputy invalidly elected shall be deemed to have lapsed, unless it is taken over as it stands by another member of the National Assembly within eight clear days of the Assembly being notified of the declaration that the election is invalid or of the notice referred to in paragraph 3 of Rule 4 being published.

Rule 6

1. Any deputy may resign his seat - either, if his election has not been contested, upon expiry of the ten days allowed for presentation of a petition contesting an election, or, if his election has been contested, after notification of the decision by the Constitutional Council dismissing the petition.

2. Resignations shall be tendered in writing to the President, who shall inform the Assembly at the next following sitting and shall notify the Government.

3. When the Assembly is not sitting, the President shall take note of resignations by means of a notice in the Journal officiel.

Rule 7

1. The President shall inform the Assembly as soon as he is aware of a seat falling vacant for any of the reasons set out in section LO 176 of the Electoral Code. He shall notify the Government, if need be, of the names of deputies whose seats fall vacant and shall ask it to inform him of the names of the persons elected to replace them.

2. The names of the new deputies declared elected by virtue of section LO 176 shall be announced to the National Assembly at the commencement of the first sitting following the President's being informed by the Government.

3. The same shall apply to the names of deputies returned at by-elections.

4. When the Assembly is not sitting, the President shall take note of the communication of the names of newly elected members in manner provided by paragraph 3 of Rule 4.

CHAPTER III

Bureau of the Assembly:

composition and election procedure

Rule 8

The Bureau of the National Assembly shall consist of:

the President;

6 Vice-Presidents;

3 Quaestors; and

12 Secretaries.

Rule 9

1. During the first sitting of each new term, immediately after the communications specified in Rules 2 and 3 have been made, the oldest member shall invite the National Assembly to proceed to the election of its President.

2. The President shall be elected by secret ballot at the rostrum. If no candidate obtains an absolute majority of votes cast at the first two ballots, a relative majority shall suffice at the third ballot, and where the votes are equal the oldest candidate shall stand elected.

3. Tellers, chosen by lot, shall count the votes, and the oldest member shall declare the result.

4. The oldest member shall invite the President to take the chair immediately.

Rule 10

1. The other members of the Bureau shall be elected, at the commencement of each new term, during the sitting following the election of the President and shall be renewed each year thereafter, except in the year preceding the renewal of the Assembly, at the sitting commencing the ordinary session. The President shall be assisted by the six youngest members of the Assembly, who shall perform the duties of secretaries.

2. In the election of the Vice-Presidents, Quaestors and Secretaries, every endeavour shall be made to ensure that the Bureau reflects the political make-up of the Assembly.

3. The chairmen of groups shall meet to establish, in an order of presentation to be determined by them, lists of their candidates for the several offices in the Bureau.

4. Candidatures shall be filed at the Secretariat-General of the Assembly not later than half an hour before the time set for appointments or for the opening of each ballot.

5. Where, for each office in the Bureau, the number of candidates does not exceed the number of seats to be filled, paragraph 3 of Rule 26 shall apply.

6. Otherwise, for offices for which the number of candidates exceeds the number of seats to be filled, election shall be by the plurinominal system of majority voting.

7. On ballot papers made available to deputies there shall appear no more names than there are offices to be filled in each ballot.

8. Votes cast in envelopes containing no more names than there are offices to be filled shall be valid.

9. At the first and second ballots, candidates who have obtained an absolute majority shall stand elected in the order of the number of votes cast for them.

10. However, if for one or more seats more candidates than there are seats to be filled have obtained an absolute majority and the same number of votes, there shall be a further ballot for those seats. A relative majority shall be sufficient at the third ballot. Where the votes are equal the oldest candidate shall stand elected.

11. Tellers chosen by lot shall count the vote, and the President shall declare the result.

12. Any seat falling vacant shall be filled by the same procedure.

Rule 11

1. In the absence of the President one of the Vice-Presidents shall take the chair.

2. Where the Vice-Presidents and Quaestors were elected by ballot, their order of precedence shall be determined by the date and ballot on which they were elected and, if they were elected at the same ballot, by the number of votes they obtained. If they obtained an equal number of votes at the same ballot, the oldest shall have precedence.

3. Where the Vice-Presidents and Quaestors were elected in accordance with paragraph 3 of Rule 26, their order of precedence shall be the order in which they were presented by the chairmen of groups.

Rule 12

After the election of the Bureau the President of the Assembly shall inform the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the President of the Senate of its composition.

CHAPTER IV

Presidency and Bureau of the Assembly: powers

Rule 13

1. The President of the Assembly shall convene and chair public sittings of the Assembly and meetings of the Bureau and the Chairmen's Conference.

2. The President shall be responsible for the internal and external security of the Assembly. For these purposes he shall determine the size of the military forces he considers necessary ; such forces shall be under his orders.

3. Communications of the National Assembly shall be made by the President.

Rule 14

1. The Bureau shall have power to arrange the deliberations of the Assembly and to organize and direct departments as provided in these Rules.

2. The Assembly shall have financial autonomy as provided in section 7 of Ordinance 58-1100 of 17 November 1958 on the functioning of the parliamentary assemblies.

3. The Bureau shall determine the conditions in which personalities may be allowed to address the Assembly at sittings.

Rule 15

1. The Quaestors shall be responsible for financial and administrative matters, pursuant to guidelines laid down by the Bureau. No new expenditure shall be incurred without prior consultation with them.

2. The President and the Quaestors shall be provided with official apartments in the Palais Bourbon.

Rule 16

1. The expenditure of the Assembly shall be settled by financial year. At the commencement of each new term and, in each following year, with the exception of the year preceding the renewal of the Assembly, at the commencement of each ordinary session, the Assembly shall appoint, in such a way as to ensure proportional representation of groups in manner provided by Rule 25, a special committee of fifteen members to audit and clear the accounts. The committee shall give a discharge to the Quaestors in respect of their management or shall report to the Assembly.

2. At the end of each financial year the committee shall make a public report.

3. Members of the Bureau of the Assembly shall not be members of the committee.

4. The Bureau shall lay down rules to govern accounting procedures.

Rule 17

The Bureau shall lay down rules to govern the organization and operation of departments of the Assembly, the application, interpretation and implementation, by the several departments, of the provisions of these Rules, staff regulations and relations between the administration of the Assembly and staff associations.

Rule 18

The departments of the National Assembly shall be staffed exclusively by persons appointed in manner provided by the Bureau. Accordingly, the departments shall not employ on a permanent basis any official on the staff of a government department outside the Assembly, except civilian and military personnel made available by the Government to the National Defence and Armed Forces Committee or to the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee.

CHAPTER V

Groups

1. Deputies may form themselves into groups according to their political affinities; the minimum number of members required to form a group shall be twenty, not including deputies associating themselves with a group in manner provided by paragraph 4.

2. A group shall be formed by transmitting to the President's office a political statement signed by its members, accompanied by a list of members and associate members and the name of its chairman. These documents shall be published in the Journal officiel.

3. A deputy shall not belong to more than one group.

4. Deputies who do not belong to any group may associate themselves with a group of their choosing, with the consent of the bureau of the group. Associate members shall count towards the calculation of the number of committee seats allocated to groups by Rules 33 and 37.

Rule 20

Any group formed in accordance with Rule 19 may be serviced by an administrative secretariat to be recruited and remunerated as determined by the group itself; the rules governing such secretariats, their accommodation and equipment and the rights of access for their staff to the precincts of the Assembly shall be determined by the Bureau of the Assembly on a proposal made by the Quaestors and the chairmen of groups.

Rule 21

Changes in the composition of a group shall be communicated to the President of the Assembly over the signature of the deputy concerned in the case of resignation, over that of the chairman of the group in the case of expulsion and over the signatures both of the deputy concerned and of the chairman of the group in the case of a deputy joining or associating himself with a group. Changes shall be published in the Journal officiel.

Rule 22

Once groups have been formed, the President of the Assembly shall call a meeting of their representatives to divide the floor of the chamber into as many sections as there are groups, and to determine where non-attached deputies are to sit in relation to the groups.

Rule 23

1. No group which binds its members shall be formed in the National Assembly, either as provided by Rule 19 or in any other form or under any other description whatever, for the purpose of representing private, local or occupational interests.

2. Nor shall any permanent association, of whatever description, whose purpose is to represent such interests be allowed to meet in the precincts of the Assembly.

CHAPTER VI

Personal appointments: general provisions

Rule 24

Where provisions laid down by the Constitution, by statute or by regulation require the Assembly to function as an electoral body for another assembly, for a committee or other body for the members of any body, such personal appointments shall be made, unless otherwise provided in the constitution of the body concerned, and subject to any particular requirements of that constitution, in manner provided by this Chapter.

Rule 25

1. Where the constitution of the body concerned requires the appointments to be made in such a way as to ensure proportional representation of groups, the President of the Assembly shall set the time by which the chairmen of groups are to inform him of the names of their candidates.

2. Once that time has expired, the names of the candidates transmitted to the President of the Assembly shall be posted on the noticeboard and published in the Journal officiel. Appointment shall have effect immediately upon publication.

3. Where, for whatever reason, whether or not the Assembly is in session, representatives of the Assembly in some body as referred to in Rule 24 need to be replaced, the names of their replacements shall be posted on the noticeboard and published in the Journal officiel. Replacement shall have effect immediately upon publication.

Rule 26

1. In cases other than those provided for in Rule 25, the President shall inform the Assembly of appointments that need to be made and shall set a time for the filing of candidatures. If the Assembly is not sitting, this shall be done by publication in the Journal officiel.

2. If the constitution of the body concerned does not specify the manner in which appointments are to be made by the Assembly or candidates nominated by specifically designated committees, the President shall entrust one or more standing committees, after consulting their chairmen where appropriate, with the duty of nominating candidates.

3. If, once the time specified in paragraph 1 has expired, the number of candidates does not exceed the number of seats to be filled, and if the constitution of the body concerned does not provide for a ballot, paragraphs 2 and 3 of Rule 25 shall apply.

4. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of seats to be filled, or if the constitution of the body concerned provides for a ballot, the Assembly shall proceed, on the date set by the Chairmen's Conference, to make the appointments by uninominal or plurinominal election, as the case may require, either at the rostrum or in the rooms adjoining the chamber.

5. Ballot papers bearing the names or the lists of candidates shall be distributed by the office of the Assembly.

6. Votes shall be valid if cast in envelopes containing no more names than there are members to be appointed.

7. An absolute majority shall be required at the first two ballots; a relative majority shall suffice at the third ballot, and where the votes are equal the oldest candidate shall be appointed.

8. Where a second or third ballot is needed, only ballot papers bearing the names of candidates who have maintained or declared their candidature by the time set by the President shall be distributed.

Rule 27

1. Where the constitution of the body concerned provides for appointment by a committee of the Assembly, the President, when application is made to him by the competent authority, shall pass it on to the relevant committee.

2. The names of the deputies appointed shall be communicated to the competent authority through the President.

Rule 28

Members of the National Assembly appointed to bodies as referred to in Rule 24 shall present, at least once a year, a written report on their activities to the relevant committee. The report shall be printed and distributed.

CHAPTER VII

Personal appointments : provisions specific to international or European assemblies

Rule 29

1. Representatives of the National Assembly in international or European assemblies shall be designated by the procedure set out in Rule 26.

2. Representatives of the National Assembly shall take counsel together each year and shall present a written report to the Foreign Affairs Committee on the activities of the assembly to which they belong. The report shall be printed and distributed.

CHAPTER VIII

Special committees : composition and election procedure

Rule 30

1. Special committees may be appointed, as provided by Article 43 of the Constitution, and subject to the Institutional Act pertaining to Finance Acts, at the request either of the Government or of the Assembly, to consider government and Members' Bills.

2. A special committee shall be appointed by right if the Government so requests. Any such request in respect of government Bills shall be made at the time of their introduction in the National Assembly and in respect of Members' Bills within two clear days after their distribution.

Rule 31

1. A special committee may be appointed by the Assembly at the request of the chairman of a standing committee, or of the chairman of a group of not less than thirty deputies, a definitive list of whose names shall be published in the Journal officiel after the verbatim report. Any such request shall be made within two clear days after the distribution of the Bill. If the matter is declared to be urgent by the Government before distribution, the time allowed shall be one clear day.

2. Requests shall be posted immediately on the noticeboard and notified to the Government and to the chairmen of groups and standing committees.

3. A request shall stand approved if the President of the Assembly has received no objection from the Government, the chairman of a standing committee or the chairman of a group before the second sitting after posting.

4. If an objection has been made in accordance with paragraph 3 to a request that a special committee be appointed, a debate on the request shall automatically be set down for the end of the first sitting held in accordance with paragraph 1 of Rule 50 following the announcement of the objection to the Assembly. Only the Government and, for not longer than five minutes, the objector, the originator or first signatory of the request and the chairmen of the relevant standing committees may take part in the debate.

Rule 32

Except in the case of a Bill approving planning options or the Plan itself, a treaty or agreement as referred to in Rule 128, or where the Assembly has already refused to appoint a special committee, such a committee shall be appointed by right, on the initiative of the Assembly, if a request is made within the time allowed by paragraph 1 of Rule 31 by one or more chairmen of groups whose total membership represents an absolute majority of members of the Assembly.

Rule 33

1. Each special committee shall consist of fifty-seven members designated in such a way as to ensure proportional representation of groups in accordance with the procedure set out in Rule 34. No special committee shall number more than twenty-eight members belonging, at the time it is appointed, to any one standing committee.

2. Each special committee may appoint at most two members selected from among non-attached deputies.

Rule 34

1. Where, by Rules 30 to 32, a special committee is to be appointed, the President of the Assembly shall direct that the request of the Government that this be done or the decision of the Assembly to appoint the committee be posted on the noticeboard and notified to the chairmen of groups, together with the title of the Bill which it is to consider.

2. The President shall set the time allowed chairmen of groups to make known the names of the candidates they nominate. The time allowed shall be not more than two clear days when the Assembly is in session and not more than five clear days when it is not.

3. The names of those nominated by the chairmen of groups shall be posted on the noticeboard and published in the Journal officiel. Appointment shall have effect immediately upon publication.

4. Any deputy ceasing to be a member of the group to which he belonged when appointed to a special committee shall automatically cease to be a member of the committee.

5. Where, for whatever reason, whether or not the Assembly is sitting, representatives of a group in a special committee need to be replaced, the names of their replacements shall be posted on the noticeboard and published in the Journal officiel. Replacement shall have effect immediately upon publication.

Rule 35

Each special committee shall retain jurisdiction until the Bill it was appointed to consider has been finally disposed of.

CHAPTER IX

Standing committees: composition and election procedure

Rule 36

1. The Assembly shall appoint, at a public sitting, six standing committees.

2. The names and areas of responsibility of these committees are as follows:

Cultural, Family and Social Affairs Committee

Education and research; vocational training and social advancement; youth and sport; cultural activities; information; labour and employment; public health, the family, population; social security and welfare; civilian, military, retirement and invalidity pensions.

Economic, Environmental and Regional Planning Committee

Agriculture and fisheries; energy and manufacturing industry ; technical research; consumption; internal and external trade; customs; means of communication and tourism; town and country planning ; infrastructure and public works; housing and construction ; the environment

Foreign Affairs Committee

International relations: foreign policy, international cooperation, treaties and agreements.

National Defence and Armed Forces Committee

General organization of defence; military cooperation and assistance policy; long-term planning for armed forces; aerospace and arms industries; military establishments and arsenals; military property; national service and recruitment statutes ; civilian and military armed services personnel; gendarmerie and military law.

Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee

State revenue and expenditure; budget implementation; currency and credit; internal and external financial activities; financial control of nationalized industries; state property.

Constitutional Acts, Legislation and General Administration Committee

Constitutional, institutional and electoral acts; Rules of procedure; administration of justice; civil, administrative and criminal legislation; petitions; general administration of the territories of the Republic and of territorial units.

3. The maximum number of members of committees shall be :

1° in the case of The Cultural, Family And Social Affairs Committee and the Economic, Environmental and Regional Planning Committee : two eighths each of the total membership of the National Assembly ;

2° in the case of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the National Defence and Armed Forces Committee, the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee, and the Constitutional Acts, Legislation and General Administration Committee, one eighth each of the total membership of the Assembly.

4. The number of members thus calculated shall be rounded up to the nearest whole number.

Rule 37

1. The members of standing committees shall be appointed at the commencement of each new term and each year thereafter, except in the year preceding the renewal of the Assembly, at the commencement of the ordinary session, in manner provided by Rule 25.

2. Groups duly formed in accordance with Rule 19 shall have a number of seats in proportion to their size in relation to the membership of the Assembly.

3. Seats still to be filled after the distribution described in paragraph 2 shall be allocated to non-attached deputies. Candidates for these seats shall be selected, absent agreement, giving preference to the oldest.

Rule 38

1. No deputy shall serve on more than one standing committee. Deputies may, however, attend meetings of committees on which they do not serve.

2. Deputies serving on international or European assemblies or on a special committee may at their request, during the proceedings of such assemblies, of their committees or of the special committee, be exempted from attending meetings of the standing committee on which they serve. They shall then ensure that another member of the committee stands in for them.

3. Any deputy ceasing to be a member of the group to which he belonged when appointed to a standing committee shall automatically cease to be a member of the committee.

4. Seats allocated to groups in standing committees which have fallen vacant shall be replaced in manner provided by paragraph 5 of Rule 34.

CHAPTER X

Committee proceedings

Rule 39

1. Once appointed, each committee shall be convened by the President of the National Assembly and shall then elect its bureau; each special committee shall also designate its rapporteur.

2. The bureau of a standing committee shall consist of its chairman and of a deputy chairman and one secretary for each thirty members. The Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee shall appoint a general rapporteur. The number of deputy chairmen and secretaries shall not, however, be less than three.

3. The bureau of other committees shall consist of a chairman, two deputy chairmen and two secretaries.

4. The bureaux of committees shall be elected by secret ballot by each type of office. Where, for each type of office, the number of candidates does not exceed the number of seats to be filled, no ballot shall be held.

5. If an absolute majority is not obtained at the first two ballots, a relative majority shall suffice at the third ballot, and where the votes are equal the oldest candidate shall stand elected.

6. No deputy chairman shall take precedence over another.

7. No deputy shall at the same time be chairman of a special committee and of a standing committee.

Rule 40

1. Committees shall be convened by the President of the National Assembly where the Government so requests.

2. In the course of a session, a committee may also be convened by its chairman.

3. When the Assembly is not in session, a committee may be convened either by the President of the Assembly or by its chairman with the agreement of its bureau. However, the meeting may be cancelled or deferred if more than half of the members of the committee so request, at least forty-eight hours before the day appointed.

4. In the course of a session, no committee shall be convened more than forty-eight hours before it is to meet; by way of exception, a committee may be convened at shorter notice if this is necessitated by the agenda of the Assembly. When the Assembly is not in session, the forty-eight-hour time limit is extended to one week. Meeting notices shall state what business is on the agenda.

5. Subject to any rules laid down by the Constitution, an institutional act or these Rules, each committee shall be master of its own proceedings.

Rule 41

When the Assembly is sitting, standing committees shall meet only to consider matters committed to them by the Assembly for immediate consideration or matters on the agenda of the Assembly.

Rule 42

1. Attendance of committee members at committee meetings is mandatory.

2. The names of members attending and the names of members who have conveyed their apologies, either for one of the reasons set out in Ordinance 58-1066 of 7 November 1958 (Institutional Act giving exceptional authority to Members of Parliament to delegate their right to vote) or because of some other insuperable impediment, or of members in whose stead validly appointed substitutes have attended, shall be published in the Journal officiel on the day following each committee meeting.

3. Where a member has failed to attend more than one third of committee meetings during any one ordinary session, without conveying his apologies for any of the reasons referred to in paragraph 2 or ensuring that another member stands in for him as provided in Rule 38, the bureau of the committee shall inform the President of the Assembly, who shall declare that the member has resigned. Any such member shall be replaced and shall not serve on any other committee during the year; his duty allowance shall be reduced by one third until the commencement of the following ordinary session.

Rule 43

1. The presence of a quorum shall in all cases be required for votes to be valid if one third of the members present so request.

2. Where a vote cannot be taken because a quorum is not present, it shall be validly taken, whatever the number of members present, at the following meeting, which shall be held not less than three hours later.

Rule 44

1. Voting in committees shall be by show of hands or by ballot.

2. Voting shall be by ballot at the request of not less than one tenth of the members of a committee or of one member of the committee in the case of personal appointments.

3. Subject to Rule 38, committee members may appoint as their proxy in ballots only another member of the same committee and only in the cases and manner provided by Ordinance 58-1066 of 7 November 1958. The chairman of the committee shall be notified of such proxies. Rule 62 shall apply to them.

4. Committee chairmen shall have no casting vote. Where the votes are equal, the provision put to vote shall fail.

Rule 45

1. Ministers shall have access to committees; they shall be heard at their request.

2. The chairman of any committee may ask that a member of the Government be heard.

3. Any committee may ask, through the President of the Assembly, that a rapporteur of the Economic and Social Council be heard with respect to any instrument on which it is called upon to give an opinion.

Rule 46

1. The proceedings of committees shall be recorded in the minutes. The minutes shall be confidential. Members of the Assembly may take cognizance of the minutes of committees and documents laid before committees but shall not remove them. Minutes and documents shall be deposited in the archives of the Assembly at the end of each term.

2. At the end of each committee meeting a report giving an account of its proceedings, votes taken and speeches made shall be published. As provided by the bureau of a committee, the reports of the several meetings at which an instrument was considered may be gathered together in an annex to the committee's report.

3. The bureau of a committee may, after consulting the committee, arrange for some or all of the hearings held by the committee to be made public, in such manner as it may determine.

4. A Bulletin des Commissions shall be published, containing information about the proceedings of the committees in such detail as may be determined by the bureau of each committee.

5. An audiovisual record of the proceedings of committees may be produced and broadcast or distributed as provided by the Bureau of the Assembly.

CHAPTER XI

Agenda of the Assembly. Organization of debates

Rule 47

1. The agenda of the Assembly shall contain:

– Bills, set down in order of precedence as provided by Rule 89;

– questions for oral answer, set down as provided by Rule 134; and

– other business, set down as provided by Rule 48.

Rule 48

1. The Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the chairmen of standing committees, the general rapporteur of the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee, the chairman of the National Assembly Delegation for the European Union and the chairmen of groups shall be convened by the President each week if necessary on a day and at a time determined by him for the Chairmen's Conference.

2. The chairmen of special committees and the chairman of the committee appointed in accordance with Rule 80 may be called to attend the Chairmen's Conference at their request.

3. The Government shall be notified of the day and time of the Conference by the President. It may be represented at the Conference.

4. At its weekly meeting the Conference shall examine the Assembly's order of business for the current week and the two following weeks. The Conference shall be notified as provided by paragraph 2 of Rule 89 of requests made by the Government for business to be given precedence on the Assembly's agenda; the Conference shall make any proposals concerning the agenda in addition to debates given precedence at the Government's request.

5. At the commencement of the session, and then not later than 1 March following, or after the formation of the Government, the Government shall inform the Conference of the business which it intends to put forward for the agenda of the Assembly and of the time at which it wishes such business to be debated.

6. Once a month the Conference shall determine the monthly sitting at which precedence is given, in accordance with the third paragraph of Article 48 of the Constitution, to agenda decided by the Assembly. The Conference may, in manner provided in last sentence of paragraph 4, determine how the items remaining on this agenda are to be debated.

7. In votes taken at the Conference on proposals made by its members, the chairman of each group shall be allotted a number of votes equal to the number of members of the group less the other members of the Conference.

8. The agenda drawn up by the Conference shall be immediately posted on the noticeboard and notified to the Government and the chairmen of groups.

9. During the sitting following the meeting of the Conference, the President shall put its proposals to the Assembly. No amendment shall be accepted. The Assembly shall decide on the proposals in their entirety. Speeches may be made only by the Government and, to give an explanation of vote not exceeding five minutes in duration, chairmen of committees or their delegates having attended the Conference, and one speaker per group.

10. The agenda set by the Assembly may be subsequently amended, subject to Rule 50, only in respect of business given precedence in accordance with the first paragraph of Article 48 of the Constitution, as provided by Rule 89. By way of exception, it may be modified after a further meeting of the Chairmen's Conference.

Rule 49

1. General debate on instruments laid before the Assembly may be arranged by the Chairmen's Conference.

2. The Conference may decide that the general debate will be arranged as provided by Rule 132.

3. Otherwise, the Conference shall determine the total duration of the general debate as part of the sittings set down on the agenda. The duration shall be allocated by the President of the Assembly to the groups, guaranteeing each group an identical minimum time related to the duration of the debate. Non-attached deputies shall have a total speaking time in proportion to their number. The remaining time available shall be allocated by the President to the groups in proportion to their number.

4. Chairmen of groups shall enter the names of deputies seeking leave to speak on a list which they present to the President of the Assembly, indicating the order in which they wish those listed to be called and the duration of their speeches, which shall be not less than five minutes.

5. In the light of these particulars the President of the Assembly shall determine the order of speakers.

CHAPTER XII

Plenary sittings

Rule 49-1

1. Sitting days for purposes of Article 28 of the Constitution shall be days in which a sitting has been opened. No sitting day shall be continued the following day beyond the hour appointed by Rule 50 for the opening of the morning sitting.

2. Any decision by the Prime Minister to hold additional sitting days pursuant to the third paragraph of Article 28 of the Constitution shall be published in the Journal officiel.

3. Any request to hold additional sitting days emanating from the members of the Assembly shall be constituted by a document delivered to the President of the Assembly listing the signatures of half the members plus one. If the President finds that this condition is satisfied, he shall convene the Assembly.

Rule 50

1. The Assembly shall meet in public sitting in the morning, afternoon and evening of Tuesday and in the afternoon and evening of Wednesday and Thursday each week. For purposes of paragraph 6 of Rule 48 the Assembly may also sit on Friday. The Tuesday morning sitting shall normally be reserved for questions for oral answer without debate.

2. On a proposal made by the Chairmen's Conference, the Assembly may decide to hold further sittings provided the maximum number set by the second paragraph of Article 28 of the Constitution is not exceeded. Subject to the same proviso, the holding of such further sittings shall be obligatory if requested by the Government in the Chairmen's Conference.

3. Wednesday mornings shall be set aside for Committee business. Subject to the provisions of Article 48(1) of the Constitution, on those mornings no sittings may be organised pursuant to the preceding paragraph.

4. The Assembly's afternoon sittings shall be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and its evening sittings from 9.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. the following morning. Its morning sittings shall be held from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

5. The Assembly may, however, decide to continue a sitting, either on a proposal made by the Chairmen's Conference for a specified agenda or on a proposal made by the committee responsible or by the Government in order to proceed with a debate in progress; in the latter case the Assembly shall be consulted by the President without debate.

6. The Assembly may at any time determine weeks in which it will not sit, in accordance with the second paragraph of Article 28 of the Constitution.

Rule 51

1. The Assembly may decide to sit in camera by express vote without debate taken at the request either of the Prime Minister or of one tenth of its members. The tenth of members shall be calculated by reference to the number of seats actually filled. If the calculation results in a fraction, the number shall be rounded up. A single list of signatures shall be drawn up. Once the list has been deposited, no signature shall be withdrawn or added, and the procedure shall run its course until the Assembly decides. The definitive list of signatures shall be published in the Journal officiel after the verbatim report.

2. When the reason for sitting in camera ceases to apply, the President shall consult the Assembly on resuming the public sitting.

3. The Assembly shall subsequently decide whether to publish the verbatim report of debates in camera. At the request of the Government, the decision shall be made in camera.

Rule 52

1. The President shall open the sitting, control debate, enforce these Rules and maintain order; he may at any time suspend or adjourn the sitting.

2. Police powers in the Assembly shall be exercised on its behalf by the President.

3. The Secretaries shall supervise the drafting of the minutes and shall record votes by show of hands, by sitting and standing or by roll call and the results of ballots; they shall check proxies; the presence of at least two of them shall be required at the tribune (behind the rostrum). If fewer than two are present, or if there is equality of views, the President shall decide.

Rule 53

Before the Assembly proceeds to consider the agenda, the President shall inform it of any communications which are of concern to it.

Rule 54

1. No member of the Assembly shall speak unless he has sought and been given leave by the President, even if another member who has the floor has exceptionally given way to him. In the latter case the interruption shall not last longer than five minutes.

2. Deputies wishing to speak shall put their names down with the President, who shall determine the order in which they are called.

3. Save in debates limited by these Rules, the President may authorize one speaker per group to give an explanation of vote lasting five minutes.

4. Deputies shall speak from the rostrum or from their places; the President may invite deputies to come to the rostrum.

5. When the President considers that the Assembly has been sufficiently informed, he may direct a deputy to bring his speech to a close. He may also, in the interests of the debate, authorize a deputy to speak for longer than the time allocated.

6. A speaker shall not depart from the question before the Assembly; if he does, the President shall call him to order. If the deputy disregards the call to order, or if a deputy speaks without leave or continues to speak after being directed to discontinue or reads a speech, the President may forbid him to speak. The President shall then direct that the deputy's words shall not appear in the minutes; this is without prejudice to the disciplinary measures provided in Chapter XIV of this Title.

Rule 55

1. In all debates in which speaking time has been limited, deputies shall in no case speak for longer than the time allotted to their group.

2. If the speaking time is exceeded, the President shall apply paragraphs 5 and 6 of Rule 54.

3. Once a group has used up its speaking time, no further members of the group shall be called to speak.

4. If it appears in the course of an organized debate that speaking times are insufficient, the Assembly may, on a proposal made by its President, decide without debate to increase them by a specified period.

Rule 56

1. Ministers and the chairmen and rapporteurs of committees responsible shall be given leave to speak whenever they seek it.

2. Government commissioners, designated by decree, may also speak at the request of the member of the Government attending the sitting.

3. The President may give leave to a deputy to reply to the Government or to the committee.

4. The chairmen and rapporteurs of committees may select officials of the Assembly to assist them in debates at public sittings.

Rule 57

1. Save in debates organized as provided in Rule 49, and where at least two speakers of opposing views have been called in the general debate, in the debate on a particular clause or in explanations of vote, the immediate closure of that phase of debate may be either decided by the President or moved by a member of the Assembly. However, the closure shall not apply to explanations of vote on an instrument in its entirety.

2. If the closure of the general debate is moved by a member of the Assembly, leave to speak shall be given only to oppose the motion and only to a single member, who may speak for not more than five minutes. Precedence shall be given to the first of the remaining members down to speak in the debate or, in his absence, to another member in order of listing, who seeks leave to speak against the closure. If no speakers remain listed, leave to speak against the closure shall be given to the first deputy who seeks it.

3. Where the closure is claimed outside the general debate, the Assembly shall be required to decide without debate.

4. There shall be no public ballot to decide the closure. The President shall consult the Assembly by calling for a show of hands. If there is any doubt about the result of the show of hands, the Assembly shall vote by standing and sitting. If there is still doubt, debate shall continue.

Rule 58

1. Points of order and requests relating to the conduct of the sitting shall always take precedence over the main question; they suspend discussion of the question. Leave to speak shall be given to any deputy seeking it for this purpose, either immediately or, if another deputy has the floor, when he has finished speaking.

2. If the point raised is manifestly unrelated to these Rules or the conduct of the sitting or purposes to challenge the agenda that has been determined, the President shall direct the deputy to discontinue.

3. Requests to suspend the sitting shall be submitted for decision by the Assembly unless made by the Government, by the chairman or rapporteur of the committee responsible or, in person and for a group meeting, by the chairman of a group or a person delegated by him whose name has previously been notified to the President. Any such delegation shall cancel any preceding delegation.

4. A deputy wishing to speak on a matter of personal concern shall be given leave to do so only at the end of the sitting.

5. In cases covered by this Rule, deputies shall be given leave to speak for not more than five minutes.

6. Personal attacks, questions put by one deputy to another and disorderly conduct are forbidden.

Rule 59

1. Before adjourning the sitting, the President shall inform the Assembly of the date and agenda of the next sitting.

2. For each public sitting an official summary record shall be prepared, posted on the noticeboard and distributed, and a verbatim report of proceedings shall be prepared and published in the Journal officiel.

3. The verbatim report shall be the record of the sitting. It shall stand as the definitive record if the President of the Assembly has not received, in writing, any objection or request that a change be made twenty-four hours after publication in the Journal officiel. Objections shall be submitted to the Bureau of the Assembly, which shall rule whether they are accepted after the speaker in question has been heard by the Assembly for not more than five minutes.

4. If an objection is accepted by the Bureau, the relevant change to the record shall be submitted to the Assembly by the President at the commencement of the sitting following the Bureau's decision, and the Assembly shall decide without debate.

5. An audiovisual report of debates in public sitting shall be made and broadcast or distributed in manner provided by the Bureau.

Rule 60

1. The President shall declare the ordinary session closed at the end of the last sitting held on the last working day of June, which shall not be extended beyond midnight. If the Assembly is not sitting, the President shall declare the session closed by means of a notice published in the following day's Journal officiel.

2. After the decree closing an extraordinary session held as provided in the second paragraph of Article 29 and Article 30 of the Constitution has been read, the President shall give no further leave to speak and shall immediately adjourn the sitting.

CHAPTER XIII

Voting

Rule 61

1. The Assembly may deliberate and determine its agenda whatever the number of deputies present.

2. Votes taken by the Assembly shall be valid whatever the number of deputies present unless, before the announcement is made in the case of a public ballot, or before the vote is taken in other cases, the Bureau is asked by the chairman of a group in person to establish whether a quorum is present in the precincts of the National Assembly - a quorum being the absolute majority of the number of deputies, calculated by reference to the number of seats actually filled.

3. Where no vote may be taken for want of a quorum, the sitting shall be suspended after the President has announced that the ballot is to be deferred; the ballot shall then be held not less than one hour later, and the vote shall be valid whatever the number of deputies present.

Rule 62

1. Deputies'right to vote is a personal right.

2. However, deputies may vote by proxy in public ballots as provided by Ordinance 58-1066 of 7 November 1958.

3. A proxy shall be a personal document, designating a particular deputy. It may be transferred, with the prior agreement of the principal, to another designated deputy. The President shall be notified of proxies before the commencement of the ballot or of the first of the ballots to which they apply.

4. When the duration of the proxy is not stated, it shall automatically expire after eight clear days from its reception.

5. Proxies and notifications may be made in the event of emergency by telegram from the principal to the proxy and notified to the President by an official authority. The notification shall be accompanied by a certificate, from the same authority, to the effect that the confirmation required by the Ordinance cited in paragraph 2 has been provided.

Rule 63

1. Voting shall be by show of hands, or by sitting and standing, or by ordinary public ballot, or by public ballot at the rostrum.

2. However, where the Assembly is required to make personal appointments by ballot, the ballot shall be secret.

3. Where an instrument before the Assembly deals with complex matters, a split vote may always be requested except in the cases referred to in Articles 44 and 49 of the Constitution. The person making the request shall specify the parts of the instrument on which he wishes separate votes to be taken.

4. A split vote shall be allowed by right if requested by the Government or the committee responsible . In other cases the chair shall decide, after consulting the Government or the committee if appropriate, whether there should be a split vote.

Rule 64

1. The Assembly shall normally vote by show of hands on all matters other than personal appointments.

2. In case of doubt about the result of the show of hands, the Assembly shall vote by standing and sitting; if there is still doubt, voting shall then automatically be by ordinary public ballot.

3. However, where the first vote by show of hands is declared doubtful, the President may determine that voting will then proceed by ordinary public ballot.

4. No one shall be given leave to speak between the several stages of voting.

Rule 65

1. Voting shall be by public ballot by right:

1° where the President so decides or at the request of the Government or of the committee responsible ;

2° at the personal request, in writing, of the chairman of a group or of his delegate, provided the President has been notified in advance of the delegate's name; any further delegation shall cancel the preceding one; or

3° where the Constitution requires a qualified majority or where a matter is made an issue of the Government's responsibility.

2. The public ballot shall proceed either at the rostrum or in the rooms adjoining the chamber, as decided by the Chairmen's Conference, where it is held in case.

Rule 65-1

Voting by public ballot may be decided by the Chairmen's Conference, which shall determine the date of the ballot subject to Article 48 of the Constitution.

Rule 66

1. Where a public ballot is to be held, an announcement to that effect shall be made throughout the precincts of the National Assembly. At least five minutes after the announcement has been made, the President shall, if appropriate, invite deputies to return to their places. He shall then declare the ballot open.

2. I– In the event of an ordinary public ballot, voting shall be carried out by the electronic voting system.

3. If the electronic equipment fails to operate, voting shall be by ballot paper. Each deputy shall in person put a ballot paper in his name into the ballot box, supervised by Secretaries of the Bureau - a white paper if he is in favour, blue if he is opposed, red if he abstains. No more than one ballot paper shall be put in the ballot box for any reason whatever.

4. When no further deputy wishes to vote, the President shall declare the ballot closed. The ballot boxes may be brought to the rostrum. The President shall declare the result of the ballot ascertained by the Secretaries.

5. II– In the case of a public ballot at the rostrum, all deputies shall be called by name by the ushers. The first to be called shall be those whose name begins with a letter previously chosen by lot. Deputies who have voted shall be marked off.

6. Voting shall be by electronic ballot box. If the electronic equipment fails to operate, voting shall be by ballot paper. Each deputy shall hand his ballot paper to one of the Secretaries, who shall put it into a ballot box placed on the rostrum.

7. The ballot shall remain open for one hour; this shall be reduced to forty-five minutes in the case of votes on a motion of censure. The result shall be recorded by the Secretaries and declared by the President.

8. III– The Chairmen's Conference shall determine the time allowed for the public ballot where it is held in the rooms adjoining the chamber.

9. IV– As provided by Rule 52, in the event of a public ballot the presence of two Secretaries from the Bureau shall be required. If they are not present, the President may ask two deputies who are present to act as Secretaries.

10. V– Detailed provisions concerning electronic voting, the use of electronic ballot boxes and voting by proxy shall be laid down in an instruction by the Bureau.

Rule 67

1. The President may decide, after consulting the Secretaries, that a public ballot needs to be checked.

2. Where a check is carried out on a ballot concerning a motion to suspend a sitting or concerning an instrument whose adoption or rejection cannot affect the continuation of the debate, the sitting shall continue.

Rule 68

1. Subject to Article 49 of the Constitution, questions put to vote shall be declared adopted only if the majority of votes cast was in favour. However, where the Constitution requires an absolute majority of the members constituting the Assembly for adoption of a question, the majority shall be calculated by reference to the number of seats actually filled.

2. Where the votes are equal, the question put shall not stand adopted.

3. The result of the Assembly's deliberations shall be declared by the President in the following terms: 'The Assembly has adopted' or 'The Assembly has not adopted'.

4. No rectification of a vote shall be allowed after the ballot is closed.

Rule 69

1. Secret ballots whereby the Assembly makes personal appointments shall be held either at the rostrum, in manner provided by section II of Rule 66, or in the rooms adjoining the chamber.

2. In the latter case the President shall indicate in the chamber the hour at which the ballot is to open and close. Tellers chosen by lot shall mark off those who have voted. During the sitting, which shall not be suspended by reason of the ballot, each deputy shall put his ballot paper into a box which is under the supervision of one of the Secretaries of the Bureau. The Secretaries shall count the votes, and the President shall declare the result at the sitting.

3. Save as otherwise decided by the Chairmen's Conference, the duration of any ballot held in accordance with this Rule shall be one hour.

CHAPTER XIV

Discipline and immunity

Rule 70

1. The disciplinary measures applicable to Members of the Assembly shall be:

– call to order;

– call to order recorded in the minutes;

– censure; and

– censure with temporary suspension.

Rule 71

1. The President shall have sole power to call to order.

2. Any speaker whose conduct is disorderly shall be called to order.

3. Any deputy who, not having been given leave to speak, is called to order shall not be given leave to explain his conduct until the end of the sitting, unless the President decides otherwise.

4. Where a deputy who has once been called to order is called to order again in the same sitting, the call shall be recorded in the minutes.

5. Any deputy who has insulted, provoked or threatened one or more other deputies shall also be called to order, and the call shall be recorded in the minutes.

6. A call to order recorded in the minutes shall automatically entail the loss of entitlement, for one month, to one quarter of the parliamentary allowance made to deputies.

Rule 72

1. A deputy shall be censured if:

1° after a call to order recorded in the minutes, he disregards the authority of the President; or

2° he causes a disturbance in the Assembly.

Rule 73

1. A deputy shall be censured and temporarily suspended from the precincts of the Assembly if:

1° he has ignored an ordinary censure or has been censured twice;

2° he has resorted to violence in public sitting;

3° he has abused the Assembly or its President; or

4° he has insulted, provoked or threatened the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, members of the Government or the assemblies provided for by the Constitution.

2. No deputy censured and temporarily suspended shall take part in the business of the Assembly or reappear in the precints of the Assembly before the expiry of the fifteenth sitting day following that on which the measure was ordered.

3. If a deputy refuses to comply with the President's order to withdraw from the Assembly, the sitting shall be suspended. In such a case, and where a deputy is censured and temporarily suspended for a second time, the suspension shall be for thirty sitting days.

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Rule 74

1. If a member of the Assembly assaults another member, the President may propose that the Bureau order the offending member to be censured and temporarily suspended. In the absence of such proposal by the President, any deputy may ask the Bureau in writing to order this measure.

2. Where it is so proposed that a deputy be censured and temporarily suspended, the President shall convene the Bureau, which shall hear the deputy concerned. The Bureau may order any of the measures provided by Rule 70. The President shall inform the deputy of the Bureau's decision. If the Bureau orders censure with temporary suspension, the deputy shall be escorted to the door of the Palais Bourbon by the senior usher.

Rule 75

1. Ordinary censure and censure with temporary suspension shall be ordered by the Assembly, voting by sitting and standing without debate, on a proposal made by the President.

2. Where any disciplinary measure against a deputy is called for, the deputy shall always be entitled to be heard either in person or through another deputy acting on his behalf.

Rule 76

1. A deputy who has been censured shall automatically lose entitlement, for one month, to half of the parliamentary allowance.

2. A deputy who has been censured and temporarily suspended shall automatically lose entitlement, for two months, to half of the allowance.

Rule 77

1. Where a deputy attempts to obstruct freedom of debate or of voting in the Assembly and, after attacking one or more other deputies, refuses to come to order when directed by the President, the President shall adjourn the sitting and convene the Bureau.

2. The Bureau may propose that the Assembly censure and temporarily suspend the offending deputy , and the loss of entitlement to half of the parliamentary allowance as provided by Rule 76 shall in such case last for six months.

3. If, in the course of the sittings at which such offences took place, serious assaults were committed, the President shall refer the matter immediately to the chief public prosecutor.

Rule 77-1

1. Voting offences, notably in respect of the personal nature of the right to vote, shall entail the loss of entitlement, for one month, to one quarter of the allowance referred to in Rule 76. Any deputy reoffending during the same session shall lose entitlement for six months.

2. The Bureau shall decide on the application of the first paragraph on a proposal from the Secretaries.

Rule 78

1. If a serious offence is committed by a deputy in the precincts of the National Assembly while the Assembly is sitting, the proceedings shall be suspended.

2. The President shall forthwith inform the Assembly of the offence.

3. If an offence as referred to in the first paragraph is committed at a time when the sitting is suspended or has been adjourned, the President shall inform the Assembly when the sitting is resumed or at the commencement of the following sitting.

4. The deputy shall be entitled to offer an explanation if he so requests. At the direction of the President he shall be required to leave the chamber and shall be held in the precints of the Assembly.

5. If the deputy resists or there is a disturbance in the Assembly, the President shall adjourn the sitting at once.

6. The Bureau shall immediately inform the chief public prosecutor that a serious offence has just been committed in the precints of the Assembly.

Rule 79

1. Apart from the cases specified by section LO 150 and the penalties specified by section LO 151 of the Electoral Code, no deputy, subject to the disciplinary measures set out in Rules 70 to 76, shall use his position or allow it to be used in any financial, industrial or commercial enterprise or in carrying on a profession or other occupation, or use his title for any other purpose than the performance of his parliamentary mandate.

2. Nor shall any deputy, subject to the same penalties, be a member of any private, local or occupational association or interest group or enter into any commitment with them concerning his own parliamentary activities if such membership or commitment means that he agrees to be bound by mandatory instructions.

Rule 80

1. At the commencement of each new term and, in each following year, with the exception of the year preceding the renewal of the Assembly, at the commencement of each ordinary session, a committee of fifteen members and fifteen alternates shall be appointed to consider applications to suspend the detention of deputies, custodial or semi-custodial measures applied to them, or their prosecution. Appointments shall be made with due regard for the need to reflect the political make-up of the Assembly and, failing agreement between the chairmen of groups on a list of candidates, to ensure proportional representation of groups, in accordance with the procedure set out in Rule 25. An alternate shall be associated with each member. Where the alternate is to stand in for the member, this shall be during the entire consideration of the application.

2. The provisions of Chapter X concerning the procedure for committee proceedings shall apply to the committee appointed pursuant to this Rule.

3. The committee shall hear the applicant or first signatory of the application and the deputy in respect of whom the application was made or such other deputy as he has instructed to represent him. If the deputy in question is in custody, the committee may delegate one or more of its members to hear him in person.

4. Subject to the provisions of the following paragraph, applications shall be set down as of right on the agenda by the Chairmen's Conference, once the committee's report has been distributed, for the earliest sitting at which precedence has been given, pursuant to the second paragraph of Article 48 of the Constitution, to questions asked by Members of Parliament and the Government's answers, following those questions and answers. If the report has not been distributed within twenty days of session after the application was made, the matter may be set down as of right by the Chairmen's Conference for the earliest sitting at which precedence has been given, pursuant to the second paragraph of Article 48 of the Constitution, to questions asked by Members of Parliament and the Government's answers, following those questions and answers.

5. As provided by the last paragraph of Article 26 of the Constitution, the Assembly shall meet as of right for an additional sitting to consider applications to suspend the detention of deputies , custodial or semi-custodial measures applied to them, or their prosecution; the sitting shall be held not later than one week after the committee's report has been distributed or, if it has not been distributed, not later than four weeks after the application was made.

6. The findings of the committee, expressed in a motion for a resolution, shall be debated in public sitting. If the committee presents no findings, the application made to the Assembly shall be debated. A motion to refer the matter to the committee may be made and debated as provided by Rule 91. If the committee's findings rejecting the application are rejected, the application shall be deemed accepted.

7. The Assembly shall rule on the merits after a debate in which only the committee's rapporteur, the Government, the deputy concerned or another member of the Assembly representing him, one speaker in favour and one opposed may take part. A motion to refer to committee, as provided in the preceding paragraph, shall be put to vote after the rapporteur has been heard. If the motion is lost, the speakers referred to in this paragraph shall then be heard by the Assembly.

8. Where an application is made to suspend the prosecution of a deputy who has been detained or who has had custodial or semi-custodial measures applied to him, the Assembly may decide only to suspend the detention or some or all of the measures imposed. Only amendments moved for this purpose shall be admissible. Rule 100 shall apply in debating them.

9. If an application is rejected, no further application concerning the same facts shall be made in the course of the session.

TITLE II

LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE

PART ONE

ORDINARY LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE

CHAPTER I

Tabling of bills1.

Tabling of Bills1

1The provisions of this chapter and of chapters II, III and IV apply also to motions for resolutions.

Rule 81

1. Government Bills, Members Bills brought from the Senate and Bills introduced by deputies shall be registered with the office of the Assembly.

2. The tabling of government Bills and of Members' Bills brought from the Senate shall always be announced in public sitting.

3. Bills introduced by deputies shall be transmitted to the Bureau of the Assembly or to those of its members who have been designated for the purpose. Where such Bills are clearly inadmissible by reason of Article 40 of the Constitution, their tabling shall be denied. Otherwise, their tabling shall be announced in public sitting.

4. Where the Assembly is not sitting, notice of tabling shall be made in the Journal officiel.

Rule 82

1. Save as expressly provided by constitutional or institutional instruments, motions for resolutions shall be admissible only if they formulate internal measures or decisions which, since they have to do with the operation and discipline of the Assembly, are entirely within its jurisdiction.

2. They shall be moved, considered and debated in accordance with the procedure applying at first reading to Members' Bills, except for provisions applying Articles 34, 40 and 41 of the Constitution to such Bills.

Rule 83

Any instrument tabled the Assembly shall be printed, distributed and committed for consideration to a special committee or, failing that, to the appropriate standing committee.

Rule 84

1. Government Bills may be withdrawn by the Government at any time before their final adoption by Parliament.

2. The originator of a Member's Bill, or the first deputy to have signed it, may withdraw it at any time before adoption at first reading. If the Bill is withdrawn while being debated in public sitting and another deputy takes it up, debate shall continue.

3. Members' Bills rejected by the Assembly shall not be reintroduced before one year has elapsed.

CHAPTER II

Legislative proceedings of committees

Rule 85

1. The President of the Assembly shall refer any Bill tabled with the Bureau of the Assembly to the special committee designated to consider it or to the appropriate standing committee.

2. If a standing committee declines jurisdiction, or if there is a dispute as to jurisdiction between two or more standing committees, the President, after a debate in which only the Government or the originator of the Bill and the chairmen of the committees concerned are heard, shall have precedence to move that a special committee be appointed. If the motion is lost, the President shall put the question of jurisdiction to the Assembly.

Rule 86

1. The rapporteurs of committees shall be designated and their reports shall be presented, printed and distributed in sufficient time to enable the National Assembly to debate Bills as required by the Constitution. Reports may also, if the Bureau of the Assembly so decides, be published as annexes to the verbatim report of the sitting at which they were debated.

2. Reports made on Government Bills first introduced in the National Assembly or on instruments brought from the Senate shall recommend that they be agreed to, rejected or amended. Amendments submitted to the committee, whether transmitted by the office of the Assembly or tabled direct by their movers before presentation of the reports, shall be annexed to the reports.

3. Reports made on Private Member's Bills shall in each case reach their recommendations on an instrument in its entirety.

4. Amendments moved in committee and those proposed by the committee to the instrument initially referred to it shall be inadmissible if they would have either of the consequences described in Article 40 of the Constitution. Whether amendments moved in committee are inadmissible shall be determined by the chairman of the committee or, if there is any doubt, by the committee's bureau. Whether amendments proposed by the committee are inadmissible shall be determined in manner provided by Rule 92.

5. The originator of a Private Member's Bill or of an amendment may take part in the debate in committee. The Government may take part by right.

6. Reports on a Bill or a Private Member's' Bill relating to areas covered by the European Union shall have appended to them in a schedule information on the  relevant European law currently applicable or likely to be applicable thereafter, together with the stance taken by the Assembly in Resolutions passed by it

7. Reports on a Bill or a Private Member's Bill shall have appended to them in a schedule a list of statutory provisions repealed or modified during the examination of said Bill or Private Member's Bill by the House.

8. Without prejudice to the possibility given by paragraph 2 of Rule 145, after the expiry of a period of six months following the coming into effect of an act the implementation of which requires the publication of texts of a regulatory nature, the Deputy who acted as rapporteur or, failing that, another Deputy appointed for such purpose by the relevant committee, shall put before the latter a report on the coming into application of said statute. This report shall indicate the regulatory texts published and the circulars drawn up for the implementation of said statute, together with any provisions which have not been the object of the requisite commencement order for their taking effect. In such cases, the Committee shall hear the rapporteur a second time after a further six month period.

Rule 87

1. Any standing committee which decides to give an opinion on all or part of a Bill, referred to another standing committee shall inform the President of the Assembly. The decision shall be published in the Journal officiel and announced at the commencement of the next following sitting.

2. Where a Bill has been referred to a committee for its opinion, the committee shall designate a rapporteur, who shall be entitled to take part, but not to vote, in the proceedings of the committee responsible. The rapporteur of the committee responsible shall likewise be entitled to take part, but not to vote, in the proceedings of the committee asked for an opinion.

3. The rapporteurs of committees asked for an opinion shall speak in favour of amendments agreed to by their committees before the committee responsible.

4. Opinions shall be tabled, printed and distributed. The fact that an opinion has not been tabled or distributed shall not impede debate, since the committee that has decided to give its opinion may always give it orally on the day appointed for debating the instrument.

Rule 88

1. Possibly on the day before, but in any case on the day of the sitting at which a Bill is to be considered, the committee responsible shall hold one or more meetings to examine such amendments as have been tabled. Paragraph 5 of Rule 86 and paragraph 3 of Rule 87 shall apply.

2. The committee shall debate the substance of amendments tabled within the time limits set by Rule 99 and shall reject or accept them without incorporating them in its proposals or presenting an additional report.

3. Subject to the second paragraph of Article 44 of the Constitution, the chairman and the rapporteur of the committee shall have authority to give or refuse leave for amendments to be debated at the sitting if they have not been submitted previously to the committee. If the chairman and the rapporteur fail to agree, they shall consult the committee. If they give leave for an amendment to be debated, they may give their opinion of it on behalf of the committee.

CHAPTER III

Setting business down on the agenda of the Assembly

Rule 89

1. Government and Members Bills shall be set down on the agenda of the Assembly either in accordance with the first paragraph of Article 48 of the Constitution or as provided by Rule 48.

2. Requests by the Government for business to be given precedence shall be conveyed by the Prime Minister to the President of the Assembly, who shall inform the chairmen of the committees responsible and shall notify the next meeting of the Chairmen's Conference.

3. If, by way of exception, the Government, exercising its powers under Article 48 of the Constitution, asks that the agenda be varied by the addition, withdrawal or reordering of one or more instruments given precedence, the President shall immediately inform the Assembly.

4. Requests that a Member's Bill be set down on the supplementary agenda shall be made in the Chairmen's Conference by the chairman of the committee responsible or by the chairman of a group. The like shall apply to requests that business be set down on the agenda of the monthly sitting provided for by the third paragraph of Article 48 of the Constitution.

CHAPTER IV

First reading of bills (and motions for resolution)

Rule 90

Save in cases expressly provided by these Rules, notably motions of censure, objections that a question is inadmissible, preliminary questions, motions to submit a Bill to referendum, motions to refer back to committee as provided by Rule 91 or to defer as provided by Rule 95, and amendments, no instrument of any kind, whatever its purpose or designation by those proposing it, shall be debated or put to vote unless the relevant committee has first reported it as provided in these Rules.

Rule 91

1. Debate on a particular Bill shall commence with the hearing of the Government, presentation of the report from the committee responsible and the hearing of the rapporteur or rapporteurs of any committee asked for an opinion.

2. If the report or the opinion was distributed not later than the day before the debate was opened, the rapporteur may decline to present it orally; otherwise, he shall confine himself to commenting upon it, without reading it. Presentation of reports and opinions shall last no longer than the Chairmen's Conference determines when arranging the general debate.

3. A member of the Economic and Social Council may also be heard as provided by Rule 97.

4. Not more than one objection that a question is inadmissible, with the purpose of establishing that the instrument is contrary to one or more constitutional provisions, and not more than one preliminary question, with the purpose of closing debate, shall then be debated and put to vote. If one or other of these motions is carried, the instrument in question shall stand rejected. Only one of the signatories, the Government and the chairman or rapporteur of the committee responsible may speak in the debate for no more than thirty minutes unless otherwise decided by the Chairmen's Conference. Before the vote is taken, one member of each group shall be given leave to speak for five minutes.

5. Where an instrument is debated at a sitting held pursuant to Article 48(3) of the Constitution, no more than one objection of inadmissibility shall be debated and put to vote. If this motion is carried, the instrument in question shall stand rejected. Only one of the signatories, the Government and the chairman or the rapporteur of the committee responsible may speak in the debate for no more than fifteen minutes unless otherwise decided by the Chairmen's Conference. Before the vote is taken, a speaker for each group shall be given leave to speak for five minutes.

6. Leave to speak shall then be given to deputies who have put their names down for the general debate. The originator or first signatory of a Member’s Bill shall take precedence.

7. After the closure of the general debate, not more than one motion to refer back the entire instrument in question to the committee responsible - the effect of which, if carried, shall be to suspend debate until the committee presents a fresh report - shall be debated and put to vote. The motion shall be debated as provided in paragraph 4 or in paragraph 5.

8. If the motion to refer is carried, the Government, where the instrument has been given precedence by virtue of the first paragraph of Article 48 of the Constitution, or the Assembly, where the instrument has not been given precedence, shall determine the date and hour at which the committee is to present its fresh report. The Government may ask that the instrument still have precedence over other business on the agenda.

9. If the motion is lost, or no motion is moved, the clauses of a government Bill, or the committee's text of a Member's Bill, shall automatically proceed to be debated.

10. Before the debate on the clauses is opened, the chairman and rapporteur of the committee shall be consulted on whether the committee should meet to examine immediately any amendments not tabled at the last meeting held pursuant to paragraph 1 of Rule 88. If they agree that no meeting is required, debate shall continue. Otherwise, debate shall be suspended and resumed after the committee meeting. Paragraph 5 of Rule 86 and paragraph 3 of Rule 87 shall apply to the meeting.

Rule 92

1. Article 40 of the Constitution may be relied upon at any time by the Government or by any deputy to object to Members' Bills, reports or amendments.

2. Whether members' Bills or reports are inadmissible shall be decided by the bureau of the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee. The bureau may also at any time object on its own initiative that they are inadmissible.

3. Legislative proceedings shall be suspended as they stand until a decision is reached by the bureau of the Finance Committee, which shall hear the author of the Bill or report and may ask to hear the Government make its observations.

4. Whether amendments are inadmissible shall be decided in manner provided by the last paragraph of Rule 98.

5. The Institutional Act relating to Finance Acts may be relied upon in like manner.

Rule 93

1. Inadmissibilty under the first paragraph of Article 41 of the Constitution may be relied upon by the Government to object to a Member's Bill or an amendment before it begins to be debated in public sitting. After consulting (if need be) the chairman of the Constitutional Acts, Legislation and General Administration Committee or a member of its bureau designated for the purpose, the President of the Assembly may accept that the Bill or amendment is inadmissible. If he does not, he shall refer the matter to the Constitutional Council.

2. The Government may also object that a Bill or amendment is inadmissible while it is being debated. If the President of the Assembly is in the chair, he may give a ruling after consulting (if need be) the chairman of the Constitutional Acts, Legislation and General Administration Committee or a member of its bureau designated for the purpose.

3. If the President is not in the chair, the sitting shall be suspended until he has given a ruling in the case of a Bill being objected to; where an amendment is objected to, debate on the amendment and, if appropriate, on the clause to which it relates shall be deferred until the President has given a ruling.

4. If the Government and the President are not in agreement, debate shall be suspended and the President shall refer the matter to the Constitutional Council.

Rule 94

1. Where the committee responsible for a Member's Bill recommends that it should be rejected or presents no recommendations, the President shall, immediately after the closure of the general debate, call upon the Assembly to decide.

2. In the first case the Assembly shall vote on the recommendations against the Bill; if the recommendations are not agreed to, the clauses of the Bill, if more than one Bill is involved, of the first to be tabled shall be debated.

3. In the second case the Assembly shall decide whether to proceed to debate the clauses of the Bill as originally tabled or, if more than one Bill is involved, of the first to be tabled. If the Assembly decides not to debate the clauses, the President shall declare that the Bill has not been agreed to.

Rule 95

1. Each clause shall be debated in turn.

2. Speeches by committees or deputies on existing clauses of the instrument or on new clauses moved by the Government or by committees, in the form of amendments, shall last for not more than five minutes, subject to paragraph 5 of Rule 54.

3. Amendments to each clause shall be debated and put to vote in turn in manner provided by Rule 100. Each clause shall then be put to vote separately.

4. Leave may always be sought to defer a clause or an amendment for the purpose of rearranging the order of debate.

5. Deferment shall be allowed by right if sought by the Government or the committee responsible. In other cases the President shall decide.

6. In the interests of the debate, and if the committee responsible so requests, the President may decide to refer back to the committee one or more clauses and amendments to them.

7. The President shall determine the manner in which the debate will be continued.

8. After the vote has been taken on the final clause or on the last additional clause moved in the form of an amendment, the instrument in its entirety shall be put to vote unless the Chairmen's Conference has decided that voting is to be by ballot on another date, as provided by Rule 65-1.

9. If no additional clause has been moved before the vote is taken on a clause which is the sole clause of an instrument, the vote on the sole clause shall be deemed to be a vote on the entire instrument; any amendment containing a further clause after that vote has been taken shall be inadmissible.

Rule 96

The third paragraph of Article 44 of the Constitution shall not exclude the operation of Chapters IV and VI of Title II of these Rules save in respect of the manner in which instruments are put to vote. Instruments shall be debated in accordance with the procedure set out in those chapters.

Rule 97

1. Where the Economic and Social Council, acting under Article 69 of the Constitution, designates one of its members to explain before the National Assembly its opinion on a Bill that has been referred to it, the Chairman of the Economic and Social Council shall inform the President of the Assembly.

2. Unless the Chairmen's Conference decides otherwise, the member of the Economic and Social Council shall be heard after the rapporteurs of the relevant committees of the National Assembly.

3. At the hour appointed for him to be heard, he shall be escorted into the chamber by the senior usher at the direction of the President, who shall forthwith call upon him to speak. Once he has finished, he shall be escorted from the chamber with the same ceremonial.

Rule 98

1. The Government, committees responsible for government Bills, committees asked for their opinion and deputies shall be entitled to move amendments to instruments tabled in the Assembly.

2. The only amendments allowed shall be in writing, signed by at least one of the deputies moving them and tabled in the Assembly or in committee.

3. Amendments shall be accompanied by a succinct explanation of their grounds; they shall be transmitted by the office of the Assembly to the committee responsible, printed and distributed; however, failure to print and distribute an amendment shall not prevent its being debated in public sitting.

4. Amendments shall be admissible only if they relate to a single clause. Alternative texts of Bills being debated shall be introduced in the form of amendments, clause by clause. Subamendments shall be admissible only if they are not at variance with the sense of the amendment. Subamendments shall not be amended. The President shall decide whether, for purposes of this paragraph, amendments, alternative texts of Bills or subamendments are admissible.

5. Amendments and subamendments shall be admissible only if they actually relate to the text to which they refer or, in the case of additional clauses, if they are moved as part of the Bill in question; in case of dispute, the question whether they are admissible shall be put, before they are debated, to the Assembly. Only the mover of the amendment, one deputy opposed, the committee and the Government shall speak.

6. If the passing of an amendment would clearly have the consequences referred to in Article 40 of the Constitution, the President shall refuse leave for it to be tabled. In case of doubt the President shall decide, after consulting the chairman or the general rapporteur of the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee or a member of its bureau designated for the purpose; if these persons fail to give an opinion, the President may refer the matter to the Bureau of the Assembly.

Rule 99

1. Amendments to texts serving as the basis for debate may, unless otherwise decided by the Chairmen's Conference, be tabled by Deputies not later than 5 p.m on the eve of the day when such texts are to be debated. In the event of the report not being made available by electronic means forty-eight hours before the beginning of debate on the text, Deputies' amendments shall be allowed up to the beginning of general debate.

2. After the expiry of these time limits, only the following shall be admissible :

1°  amendments tabled by the Government or the committee asked to rule on the substance thereof;

2° amendments tabled on behalf of a committee asked for an opinion.

3. The time limits specified in this Rule shall not apply:

1° to sub-amendments;

2° to amendments to clauses to which the Government or the committee responsible has tabled one or more amendments after the expiry of the time limits;

3° to amendments that may be debated together with additional clauses introduced by the Government or the committee responsible after the expiry of the time limits.

Rule 100

1. Amendments shall be debated after the clauses to which they relate have been debated, and put to vote before them and, in general, before the main question.

2. The President shall submit for debate only such amendments as have been laid upon the table of the Assembly.

3. The Assembly shall not deliberate upon amendments which are not argued during the debate. Nor shall it deliberate, where the Government so requests pursuant to the second paragraph of Article 44 of the Constitution, upon amendments which have not been submitted for consideration in committee; any such request shall be made at the time the amendment is called in the sitting.

4. Competing amendments shall be debated in the following order: repealing amendments, followed by other amendments starting with those which depart most from the original instrument in the order in which they oppose it, are to be inserted in it or are to be added to it.

5. Amendments moved by the Government or by the committee responsible shall be debated before amendments moved by deputies with the like purpose. All movers of amendments shall be given leave to speak, and a single vote shall be taken on all such amendments.

6. Where a number of mutually exclusive amendments are in competition, the President may direct that they be debated together, the mover of each amendment being given the floor in turn before each amendment is put to vote, also in turn.

7. Save in the case of amendments as referred to in paragraph 2 of Rule 95, there shall be heard, on each amendment, apart from one of its movers, only the Government, the chairman or rapporteur of the committee responsible, the chairman or rapporteur of the committee asked for an opinion and one speaker opposed. Subject to paragraph 5 of Rule 54, speeches on amendments, other than government speeches, shall last for no more than five minutes.

8. The Assembly shall rule only on the substance of amendments and shall not simply take note.

Rule 101

1. Before explanations of vote on a Bill in its entirety have begun, the Assembly may decide, at the request of the Government or of a deputy, that there will be a second deliberation on all or part of it.

2. A second deliberation shall be held by right if requested by the Government or by the committee responsible, or if agreed to by the latter.

3. Instruments to be deliberated upon a second time shall be referred to the committee, which shall present a fresh report in writing or orally.

4. If the Assembly rejects amendments moved in the second deliberation, this shall be deemed to confirm the decision taken by the Assembly in the first deliberation.

Rule 102

The Government may declare a matter urgent, pursuant to Article 45 of the Constitution, until the closure of the general debate, by means of a communication to the President. The President shall immediately inform the Assembly.

CHAPTER V

Simplified examination procedure

Rule 103

1. The President of the Assembly, the Government, the chairman of the committee responsible or the chairman of a group may, in the Chairmen's Conference, ask that a Government or a Member's Bill be considered by simplified examination procedure.

2. Such a request shall be admissible only if it relates to a Bill which has not yet been considered in committee or if it is made by the chairman of the committee responsible after the committee has been consulted. In the latter case the Bill shall be debated after one clear day has elapsed.

3. The simplified examination procedure shall be adopted if no objection is raised in the Chairmen's Conference.

Rule 104

1. A request that a Bill be considered by simplified examination procedure shall be posted on the noticeboard, announced to the Assembly and notified to the Government.

2. Paragraphs 4 and 7 of Rule 91 and paragraph 2 of Rule 128 shall not apply to Bills in respect of which a request that they be considered by simplified examination procedure has been made.

3. Not later than 5 p.m. on the day before the Bill is to be debated, the Government, the chairman of the committee responsible or the chairman of a group may object to its being considered by simplified examination procedure.

4. Notice of such an objection must be addressed to the President of the Assembly who notifies the Government, the Committee responsible and Chairman of groups, posts it on the notice board and informs the Assembly thereof.

5. In the event of an objection being raised, the text shall be examined in accordance with the provisions of Chapter IV hereof.

Rule 105

1. Amendments by deputies and by interested committees shall be admissible until the expiry of the time allowed for objections.

2. If the Government tables an amendment after the expiry of the time allowed for objections, the Bill shall be withdrawn from the agenda.

3. The Bill shall not be set down on the agenda again before the following sitting. It shall then be debated in accordance with Chapter IV of this Title.

Rule 106

1. Consideration of a Bill by simplified examination procedure shall be initiated by the rapporteur of the committee responsible, speaking for not more than ten minutes, followed by the rapporteur of any committee asked for an opinion, speaking for not more than five minutes each. There shall then be a general debate, during which a representative of each group may speak for not more than five minutes each.

2. After the general debate the President shall put the entire Bill considered by simplified examination procedure to vote if no amendments have been moved.

3. Where amendments have been moved to a Bill considered by simplified examination procedure, the President shall call only those clauses to which amendments have been moved. In addition to the Government, leave to speak on each amendment shall be given only to one of the movers, the chairman or rapporteur of the committee responsible and one speaker opposed. Paragraph 3 of Rule 56 and paragraph 2 of Rule 95 shall not apply.

4. Subject to the third paragraph of Article 44 of the Constitution, the President shall put to vote any amendments, the clauses to which they relate and the entire Bill.

Rule 107

Where a government Bill authorizing the ratification of a treaty or the approval of an international agreement not subject to ratification is laid before the Assembly as provided in this Chapter, the President shall, notwithstanding paragraph 1 of Rule 106, put the entire Bill directly to vote unless the Chairmen's Conference decides otherwise.

CHAPTER VI

Relations between the National Assembly and the Senate

Rule 108

1. During the second and subsequent readings of a Bill by the National Assembly, the Bill shall be debated in accordance with Chapter IV or V of this Title, subject to the provisions set out below.

2. Debate on the clauses of the Bill shall be restricted to those on which the two assemblies of Parliament have failed to agree in identical terms.

3. Consequently, no amendment shall be made to clauses passed by both assemblies in identical terms if it would, either directly or by making incompatible additions, call in question the provisions agreed.

4. No exception shall be made to the rules set out above for any purpose other than to coordinate the provisions agreed or to rectify a clerical error.

Rule 109

1. If an entire Bill is rejected in the course of its passage through the two assemblies of Parliament, this shall not cause the procedures set out in Article 45 of the Constitution to be interrupted.

2. If an entire Bill is rejected by the Senate, the National Assembly shall, at its next reading, deliberate upon the Bill as previously passed by it and transmitted to it by the Government after the Senate's decision.

Rule 110

A decision by the Government to convene a meeting of a joint committee as provided by Article 45 of the Constitution shall be communicated to the President of the Assembly, who shall immediately notify the National Assembly. If the Bill is at that time being debated in the Assembly, debate shall immediately be interrupted.

Rule 111

1. By agreement between the National Assembly and the Senate, the number of representatives of each assembly in a joint committee shall be seven.

2. Seven alternates shall likewise be designated. Alternates shall vote only if necessary to preserve equality of representation between the two assemblies. They shall be called to vote in the order in which they stood designated.

3. A list of candidates by category shall be drawn up by the relevant committee within a time limit set by the President of the Assembly.

4. The chairman of each group may propose other candidates to the office of the Assembly within the same time limit.

5. The names of candidates shall be posted on the noticeboard once the time limit has expired. If the number of candidates does not exceed the number of seats to be filled, appointments shall have effect from the time of posting. Otherwise, appointments shall be made by ballot in accordance with Rule 26, either immediately or at the commencement of the first sitting after the time limit has expired.

Rule 112

1. Joint committees shall meet, when convened by their oldest member, on the premises of the National Assembly and of the Senate in turn, case by case.

2. Each committee shall elect its bureau and determine its composition.

3. Each committee shall consider the Bills referred to it in accordance with the customary procedure laid down by the Rules of the assembly in the precincts of which it is meeting.

4. The conclusions of joint committees shall be presented in reports to be printed, distributed in each of the two assemblies and officially communicated to the Prime Minister by the two Presidents.

Rule 113

1. If the Government has not submitted a Bill drafted by a joint committee for Parliament's approval within fifteen days after the committee has reported, the assembly in which the Bill was last being considered before the committee met may resume its consideration in accordance with the first paragraph of Article 45 of the Constitution.

2. Where the National Assembly has before it a Bill drafted by a joint committee, any amendments tabled shall be submitted to the Government before being distributed and shall not be distributed unless agreed to by the Government. If they have been agreed to, paragraph 1 of Rule 88 shall apply to such amendments.

3. The Assembly shall first decide on the amendments. Once it has agreed to them or rejected them, or if no amendment has been tabled, it shall decide by a single vote on the entire Bill.

Rule 114

1. A Bill shall not be validly laid before the National Assembly pursuant to the fourth paragraph of Article 45 of the Constitution unless the Assembly has first considered the Bill as drafted by the joint committee and the Bill has not been passed in accordance with the third paragraph of Article 45 of the Constitution, or unless the joint committee has not succeeded in agreeing a common text.

2. Where the National Assembly gives the Bill a further reading as provided by the fourth paragraph of Article 45 of the Constitution, the Bill read shall be that last laid before the Assembly before the joint committee was formed.

3. Where, after the further reading, the Government asks the National Assembly to make a final decision, the committee responsible shall determine the order in which the joint committee's text and the last Bill passed by the National Assembly, possibly varied by one or more of the amendments agreed to by the Senate, are to be called. If either of these two Bills is rejected, the other shall immediately be put to vote. If both are rejected, the Bill shall stand definitively rejected.

4. If the Government has not asked the Assembly to make a final decision within fifteen days after transmittal of the Bill passed on further reading by the Senate, the Assembly may resume consideration of the Bill in accordance with the first paragraph of Article 45 of the Constitution. Once consideration of the Bill has been resumed, the procedure in the fourth paragraph of Article 45 shall not be applied.

Rule 115

1. Any government Bill passed by the National Assembly but not finally adopted shall be transmitted forthwith by the President of the National Assembly to the Government. If a government Bill is rejected, the President shall notify the Government.

2. Any Member's Bill passed by the National Assembly but not finally adopted shall be transmitted forthwith by the President of the Assembly to the President of the Senate. The Government shall be informed. If a Member's Bill brought from the Senate is rejected, the President of the Assembly shall inform the President of the Senate and the Government.

3. Where the National Assembly passes without amendment a Bill agreed to by the Senate, the President of the Assembly shall transmit the final instrument to the President of the Republic for promulgation through the Secretariat-General of the Government. The President of the Senate shall be informed.

CHAPTER VII

Reconsideration of an Act at the request of the President of the Republic 

Rule 116

1. Where, by virtue of the second paragraph of Article 10 of the Constitution, the President of the Republic asks that an Act or some of its sections be reconsidered, the President of the National Assembly shall inform the Assembly.

2. The President shall consult the Assembly to establish whether it wishes to refer the Act to a committee other than that to which it had been committed; if not, the Act shall be referred to the committee that had dealt with it.

3. The relevant committee shall decide by the time appointed by the Assembly, and that time shall in no case exceed fifteen days. The Act shall be set down on the agenda of the Assembly as provided by Rules 47, 48 and 89.

PART TWO

DISCUSSION OF FINANCE ACTS & SOCIAL SECURITY FINANCE ACTS

CHAPTER VIII

Committee proceedings; discussion of finance Acts in committee

Rule 117

1. Finance Bills shall be discussed in the conditions provided for in Chapter II hereof, subject to the following provisions.

2. The Chairmen's Conference may decide that certain missions of Part Two of the year Finance Bill shall be examined, as a main issue without any vote being taken, during a joint meeting of the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee and any other committees whose opinion has been requested. This meeting shall be co-chaired by the Chairmen of the committees involved and the minutes thereof shall be published in the Journal officiel after the full report of the proceedings of the meetings during which said mission has been discussed.

3. Rule 41 shall apply to these enlarged committees of which the Chairmen's Conference shall determine the list and dates.

CHAPTER IX

Discussion of finance Acts on the floor of the chamber

Rule 118

1. Finance Bills shall be debated in accordance with the legislative procedure set out in these Rules and the specific provisions of the Constitution, of the Institutional Act pertaining to Finance Acts and the rules set forth herein.

2. Amendments made by Deputies to the missions set out in Part Two of the year Finance Bill and to clauses relating thereto may, unless otherwise decided by the Chairmen's Conference, be tabled no later than 5 p.m  on the eve of the day before such a mission is debated.

3. Amendments made by Deputies to clauses in Part Two  of the year Finance Bill not connected with specific missions may, unless otherwise decided by the Chairmen's Conference, be tabled no later than 5 p.m on the eve of the day when they are debated.

4. After consideration of clauses in Part One of the year Finance Bill and any rectifying Finance Bill, and before Part Two is considered, a second deliberation may be held on all or part of Part One as provided for by Rule 101.

5. A vote shall be taken on the whole of Part One of the year Finance Bill and any rectifying Finance Bill in the same way as on an entire Government Bill. If the Assembly fails to adopt Part One of the year Finance Bill or any rectifying Finance Bills, the entire Bill shall be deemed rejected.

6. If, in accordance with Rule 101, a second deliberation is held on all or part of the year Finance Bill or any rectifying Finance Bill before explanations of vote on the Bill in its entirety have begun, no amendments shall be made to the provisions of Part One other than those necessitated, for coordination purposes, by votes on clauses in Part Two.

Rule 119

1. Any clause or amendment containing provisions other than those specified by the Institutional Act pertaining to Finance Acts shall be withdrawn from debate on the Finance Bill and debated separately if this is requested by the standing committee which would have been competent to consider the provision had it been contained in a Bill, and if the chairman, the general rapporteur or a specially designated member of the bureau of the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee agrees.

2. The debate shall automatically be set down on the agenda of the Assembly following the debate on the Finance Bill in the case of a clause in the Finance Bill.

Rule 120

In addition to the specifications provided for in the Institutional Act pertaining to Finance Acts, the manner in which debate on Part Two of the year Finance Bill shall proceed shall be determined by the Chairmen's Conference. The latter will in particular decide on the apportionment of speaking time between groups and Deputies not belonging to any group and also on the time allotted to Committees and their apportionment between debates.

Rule 121

Additional clauses and amendments contrary to the provisions of the Institutional Act pertaining to Finance Acts shall be declared inadmissible as provided for by Rules 92 and 98.


CHAPTER IX BIS

Discussion of Social Security Finance Acts

Rule 121-1

Social Security Financing Bills shall be debated in accordance with the legislative procedure set out in these Rules, the specific provisions of the Constitution and the institutional provisions made to give effect to them.

Rule 121-2

Amendments inconsistent with Chapter 1bis of Title 1 of Book 1 of the Social security Code shall be declared inadmissible as provided for by Rules 92 and 98.

Rule 121-3

1. After the examination of the clauses of part of a Social Security Financing Bill and before proceeding to examine subsequent clauses, a second deliberation may take place in accordance with the provisions set forth in Rule 101.

2. If, in accordance with Rule 101, a second deliberation on all or part of the Social Security Financing Bill is held before the commencement of voting explanations on the whole of the text, no other amendments shall be allowed to the provisions of Part Three than those required for purposes of coordination with the votes cast on Part Four thereof.

PART THREE

SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES

CHAPTER X

Referendum motions

Rule 122

1. During debates on government Bills as referred to in Article 11 of the Constitution, not more than one motion shall be made to submit the Bill to a referendum.

2. The motion shall be signed by at least one tenth of the members of the Assembly. No condition or reservation shall be attached to it, nor shall it purport to amend the Bill tabled by the Government. The procedure set out in paragraph 1 of Rule 51 shall apply.

3. The motion shall be debated immediately before the general debate on the Bill or, if the general debate has begun, once the motion has been tabled. The motion shall be called only if the signatories are actually in the chamber at the time. It shall have precedence over any preliminary question.

4. The only parties participating in debate shall be one of the signatories for a period not exceeding thirty minutes, the Government and the Chairman or the rapporteur of the committee responsible. Before the vote is taken, a speaker for each group shall be given leave to speak for five minutes.

Rule 123

1. If the motion is carried, debate on the Bill shall be suspended. A motion carried to by the Assembly shall be transmitted immediately to the Senate, together with the Bill to which it relates.

2. If the Senate fails to carry the motion within thirty days of transmittal, debate on the Bill shall resume in the Assembly at the point at which it was suspended. No further motion to propose a referendum shall then be admissible.

3. This time limit shall be suspended between ordinary sessions or where debate on the motion could not be set down on the agenda of the Senate because precedence had been given to other business under the first paragraph of Article 48 of the Constitution.

Rule 124

1. Where a motion to submit to referendum a Bill before the Assembly is brought to the Assembly from the Senate, the motion shall be referred immediately to a committee. It shall by right be set down at the head of the Assembly's supplementary agenda unless the Government asks that it be given precedence.

2. The Assembly shall decide within thirty days from transmittal of the motion by the Senate. This time limit shall be suspended between ordinary sessions or where debate on the motion could not be set down on the agenda of the Assembly because precedence had been given to other business under the first paragraph of Article 48 of the Constitution.

3. If the motion is carried, the President of the Assembly shall inform the President of the Senate. He shall notify the President of the Republic of the motion jointly carried by the two assemblies. The motion shall be published in the Journal officiel.

4. If the motion is lost, the President of the Assembly shall inform the President of the Senate. The Assembly shall then proceed to the remaining business on the agenda. No further motion to submit the Bill to a referendum shall be admissible before the Assembly.

Rule 125

Where the President of the Republic, acting on a proposal from the Government, decides to submit a government Bill before the Assembly to a referendum, debate on the Bill shall immediately be interrupted.

CHAPTER XI

Amendment of the Constitution

Rule 126

1. Government and Members' Bills to amend the Constitution shall be considered, debated and put to vote by the ordinary legislative procedure, subject to the second paragraph of Article 89 of the Constitution. However, the simplified examination procedure set out in Chapter V of this Title shall not be used.

2. Where the National Assembly agrees to a Bill in terms identical with those passed by the Senate, the Bill shall be transmitted to the President of the Republic.

CHAPTER XII

Procedure for debating institutional acts

Rule 127

1. Government and Members' Bills to amend an institutional act and Bills relating to matters designated institutional by the Constitution shall expressly state in their title that they are institutional. They shall contain no provisions that are not institutional in nature.

2. Institutional Bills shall not be debated before the expiry of fifteen days after they were actually tabled.

3. No amendment or additional clause shall be tabled which would introduce non-institutional provisions into a Bill.

4. No institutional provision shall be introduced into a Bill which has not been tabled in the form specified in paragraph 1.

5. Institutional Bills shall be considered, debated and put to vote by the ordinary legislative procedure, subject to the third and fourth paragraphs of Article 46 of the Constitution. The simplified examination procedure set out in Chapter V of this Title shall not be used however.

CHAPTER XIII

Treaties and international agreements

Rule 128

1. Where a government Bill authorizing the ratification of a treaty or the approval of an international agreement not subject to ratification is before the Assembly, no vote shall be taken on the clauses of such a Bill.

2. The Assembly shall agree to, reject or adjourn consideration of the Bill. Paragraph 4 and 5 of Rule 91 shall apply. A motion to adjourn consideration, reasons for which may be given, shall be called after the closure of the general debate; if the motion is carried, the Prime Minister shall be notified, and the consequences set forth in paragraph 8 of Rule 91 shall ensue.

Rule 129

1. Where the Constitutional Council has been asked under Article 54 of the Constitution to determine whether an international commitment contains a clause contrary to the Constitution, the government Bill authorizing its ratification or approval shall not be debated.

2. If the matter is referred to the Constitutional Council during the legislative procedure, proceedings shall be suspended.

3. Debate shall not be commenced or resumed other than as provided for amendment of the Constitution until a statement by the Constitutional Council that the commitment contains no clause contrary to the Constitution has been published in the Journal officiel.

CHAPTER XIV

Repealed

CHAPTER XV

Declaration of war and martial law

Rule 131

The authorizations specified in Articles 35 and 36 of the Constitution shall only be given, as far as the National Assembly is concerned, by means of a vote on an instrument emanating from the Government which makes express reference to those articles.

TITLE III

PARLIAMENTARY CONTROL

PART ONE

INFORMATION AND CONTROL PROCEDURES OF THE ASSEMBLY

CHAPTER I

Communications by the Government

Rule 132

1. In addition to those specified in Article 49 of the Constitution, the Government may ask to make statements with or without debate before the Assembly.

2. In the case of statements with debate, the Chairmen's Conference shall determine the total time to be allotted to groups in the sittings at which a statement is to be debated; the President shall allocate time to each group in proportion to its numbers.

3. Unless the Chairmen's Conference decides otherwise, each group shall have thirty minutes in which the deputy it designates may speak; any time remaining may be divided by the group between two further speakers, each of them allowed five minutes at least. The first non-attached deputy to have put his name down to speak in the debate shall be allowed ten minutes' speaking time.

4. The entry of names of deputies seeking leave to speak and the order in which they will be called shall be determined in manner provided by Rule 49.

5. The Prime Minister or a member of the Government shall be the last to speak so that he may answer those who have spoken in the debate.

6. Where a government statement is made without debate, the President may give leave to one speaker only to answer the Government.

7. No vote of any kind whatever shall be taken on statements as referred to in this Rule.

CHAPTER II

Questions for oral answer

Rule 133

The manner of tabling, notifying and publishing questions for oral answer shall be determined by the Bureau.

Rule 134

Sittings at which questions are asked for oral answer shall be arranged by the Chairmen's Conference.

Rules 135 to 138

Repealed

CHAPTER III

Questions for written answer

Rule 139

1. Questions for written answer shall be asked of a minister by a deputy; questions relating to the general policy of the Government shall be asked of the Prime Minister.

2. Questions for written answer shall be drafted briefly and shall confine themselves to what is strictly essential to an understanding of what is being asked. They shall contain no personal allegation against other named persons.

3. Any deputy wishing to table a question for written answer shall convey it to the President of the Assembly, who shall notify the Government.

4. Questions for written answer shall be published, whether Parliament is in session or not, in the Journal officiel.

5. A minister's answer shall be published within one month of the question's being published. This time limit shall not be interrupted.

6. However, ministers may, within this time limit, state in writing that it is not in the public interest for them to answer, or, by way of exception, ask for additional time of up to one month in which to assemble the material needed for an answer.

CHAPTER IV

Committees of inquiry

Rule 140

1. A committee of inquiry may be appointed by the Assembly if a motion for a resolution to that end that has been tabled, referred to the appropriate standing committee, considered and debated as provided by these Rules has been carried. Any such motion shall precisely set out the facts warranting the inquiry or shall specify the public services or nationalized industries whose management is to be investigated by the committee.

2. Any committee to which a motion for a resolution to appoint a committee of inquiry has been referred shall report within one month of ordinary session after distribution of the motion.

3. No committee of inquiry shall have more than thirty members. Members shall be designated in accordance with Rule 25.

4. No deputy shall be appointed to a committee of inquiry if a criminal or disciplinary penalty has been imposed upon him for breach of confidentiality in respect of the non-public proceedings of a committee appointed during the same term.

Rule 140-1

1. The Bureau of committees of inquiry shall consist of a chairman, two deputy chairmen and two secretaries.

2. The functions of chairman or rapporteur shall be exercised as of right by a member of the group to which belongs the first signatory of the motion for the resolution that caused the committee of inquiry to be appointed or, where there are several motions, of the first to be tabled, unless that group informs the President of the Assembly that it has decided to waive the right to exercise either of these functions.

3. The members of the Bureau and the rapporteur, if any, shall be designated in accordance with Rule 39.

Rule 142

1. Witnesses who have been heard by a committee of inquiry shall be entitled to consult the record of the evidence they have given.

2. Such consultation shall be in situ where the evidence given was subject to the rule of secrecy.

3. No correction shall be made to the record. However, witnesses may make written observations. Such observations shall be submitted to the committee, which may decide to include them in its report.

Rule 142-1

Save where a committee of inquiry has decided, in accordance with section 6(IV) of Ordinance 58-1100 of 17 November 1958 on the functioning of the parliamentary assemblies, that its proceedings are to be secret, they may be televised.

Rule 143

1. Upon expiry of the six-month time limit set by the last paragraph of section 6(I) of Ordinance 58-1100 of 17 November 1958, if the committee has not reported, its chairman shall deliver the papers in his possession to the President of the National Assembly. Such papers shall be neither published nor debated.

2. The report of a committee of inquiry shall be delivered to the President of the Assembly. The fact that the report has been tabled shall be published in the Journal officiel and announced at the commencement of the next following sitting. Unless the Assembly sitting in camera in accordance with Rule 51 decides otherwise, the report shall be printed and distributed. It may be debated without vote in public sitting.

3. A request that the Assembly sit in camera for the purpose of deciding by special vote not to authorize publication of the report in whole or in part shall be made within five clear days after publication of the fact that the  report has been tabled in the Journal officiel.

4.  Upon the expiry of the six-month time limit following the publication of the report of a committee of inquiry, the member of the competent standing committee appointed by said committee for such a purpose shall put before the committee a report on the implementation of the recommendations made by said committee of inquiry.

Rule 144

1. The President of the Assembly shall rule inadmissible any motion for a resolution to appoint a committee of inquiry for the same purpose as an assignment as provided by Rule 145-1 or as an earlier committee of inquiry before the expiry of twelve months after the assignment or the work of the committee has been completed.

2. In case of doubt, the President shall rule after consulting the Bureau of the Assembly.

CHAPTER V

Informative role of standing or special committees

Rule 145

1. Subject to the provisions concerning them in Title II, standing committees shall keep the Assembly informed so that it can exercise its function of supervising the policy of the Government.

2. For this purpose, they may entrust one or more of their members with a temporary information assignment concerning, notably, the enforcement of an item of legislation. Such assignments may be common to a number of committees.

3. Fact-finding missions may also be appointed by the Chairmen's Conference on a motion from the President of the Assembly.

4. An information report prepared in accordance with these provisions shall not be brought to public notice before a formal decision to publish it has been taken.

5. The following paragraph is added to that Rule: "Reports by fact-finding missions appointed by the Chairmen's Conference may be presented for a debate without vote in public session

Rule 145-1

1. An application made by a standing or special committee pursuant to section 5 ter of Ordinance 58-1100 of 17 November 1958 shall be addressed by its chairman to the President of the Assembly.

2. It shall state precisely the purpose of the assignment in respect of which the prerogatives granted committees of inquiry are requested.

Rule 145-2

1. The President of the Assembly shall forthwith notify the Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice, of any such application.

2. If the Keeper of the Seals makes it known that court proceedings have been commenced concerning facts constituting the grounds on which the application was made, the President of the Assembly shall inform the chairman of the committee which made the application.

Rule 145-3

1. Applications shall be posted immediately on the noticeboard and notified to the Governement and to the chairmen of groups and committees.

2. An application shall stand approved if the President of the Assembly has received no objection from the Government, the chairman of a committee or the chairman of a group before the second sitting after posting.

3. If an objection has been made in accordance with paragraph 2, a debate on the application shall automatically be set down for the end of the first sitting held in accordance with paragraph 1 of Rule 50 following the announcement of the objection to the Assembly. Only the Government and, for not longer than five minutes, the objector and the chairman of the committee that made the application may take part in the debate.

Rule 145-4

Where the Keeper of the Seals makes it known after the approval of an application that a judicial investigation has been commenced concerning facts constituting the grounds on which the application was made, the President of the Assembly shall inform the chairman of the relevant committee. The committee shall terminate its assignment forthwith if it relates only to the facts in respect of which the investigation has been commenced.

Rule 145-5

The provisions of Rules 142, 142-1 and 143 shall apply to the proceedings of committees exercising the prerogatives granted committees of inquiry.

Rule 145-6

The provisions of Rule 144 shall apply to assignments as provided by Rule 145-1.

CHAPTER VI

Rule 146

1. Papers and information to facilitate control of the budgets of government departments or audit of the accounts of nationalized industries and semi-public corporations shall be communicated by the competent authorities to the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee's special rapporteur for the budget of the government department concerned or of the department responsible for the nationalized industry or semi-public corporation concerned.

2. The special rapporteur may ask the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee to assign one of its members to assist him in this task. He shall communicate papers referred to him to the rapporteurs designated by other standing committees to which the same budget has been referred for an opinion.

3. Work done by rapporteurs may be used for committee reports on the Finance Act and the Settlement Act. It may also be the subject of information reports made by special rapporteurs of the Finance, General Economy and Planning Committee.

CHAPTER VII

Petitions

Rule 147

1. Petitions shall be addressed to the President of the Assembly. They may also be presented by any deputy, who shall make and sign a marginal note of presentation.

2. No petition brought or transmitted by a gathering on the public highway shall be entertained by the President or laid upon the table.

3. Every petition shall specify the place of the petitioner's residence and shall bear his signature.

Rule 148

1. Petitions shall be entered on a general list in the order in which they are received. All petitioners shall be notified of the serial numbers of their petitions.

2. The President of the National Assembly shall refer petitions to the committee competent to consider them by virtue of Rule 36. The committee shall designate a rapporteur.

3. After hearing the recommendations of the rapporteur the committee shall decide, case by case, simply to take no further action on the petition, or to refer it to another standing committee of the Assembly or to a minister, or to submit it to the Assembly. Each petitioner shall be notified of the committee's decision concerning his petition.

4. Where a petition is referred to another standing committee of the Assembly, that committee may decide simply to take no further action on it, or to refer it to a minister, or to submit it to the Assembly. Each petitioner shall be notified of the committee's decision concerning his petition.

5. The minister's reply shall be communicated to the petitioner. If the minister has not replied within three months to a petition referred to him by a committee, the committee may decide to submit the petition to the Assembly.

6. Where a committee decides, under paragraph 3, 4 or 5, to submit a petition to the Assembly, it shall lay upon the table a report reproducing the full text of the petition; the report shall be printed and distributed.

Rule 149

1. A bulletin summarizing petitions and the relevant decisions shall be distributed periodically to members of the Assembly.

2. Within eight days after distribution of a bulletin publishing a committee's decision to take no further action on a petition or to refer it to a minister or another committee, any deputy may ask the President that the petition be submitted to the Assembly; any such request shall be transmitted to the Chairmen's Conference, which shall decide.

3. After this time has elapsed, or if the Chairmen's Conference refuses the request, the committee's decision shall stand confirmed and shall be published in the Journal officiel.

4. If the Chairmen's Conference grants the request, the report on the petition which has been published in the bulletin shall be tabled, printed and distributed; the report shall reproduce the full text of the petition.

Rule 150

Reports tabled in accordance with paragraph 6 of Rule 148 or paragraph 4 of Rule 149 may be set down on the agenda of the Assembly either by the Government as provided by Rule 89 or by the Assembly on a proposal made by the Chairmen's Conference pursuant to Rule 48.

Rule 151

1. Debate in public sitting on reports presented in accordance with paragraph 6 of Rule 148 or paragraph 4 of Rule 149 shall begin with the hearing of the committee's rapporteur.

2. The floor shall then be given to the deputy, if any, who presented the petition under paragraph 1 of Rule 147, and then to the deputy who asked that it be submitted to the Assembly.

3. Having regard to the list of deputies who have put their names down to speak in the debate, the President shall determine for how long each deputy may speak.

4. The Government shall be given leave to speak whenever it seeks it.

5. After the last speaker has been heard, the President shall proceed to the remaining business on the agenda.

CHAPTER VIIa

Resolutions on proposals for Community instruments

Rule 151-1

1. Notice of the transmittal of proposals for Community instruments submitted to the Assembly by the Government in accordance with Article 88-4 of the Constitution shall be given in the verbatim report of proceedings. If the Assembly is not sitting, notice shall be given in the Journal officiel.

2. Proposals for Community instruments shall be printed and distributed. They shall be examined by the National Assembly Delegation for the European Union, which shall either transmit its analysis, with or without recommendations, to committees, or present an information report recommending, if it thinks fit, that a motion for a resolution should be tabled.

3. Motions for resolutions in the context of Article 88-4 of the Constitution shall be tabled, considered and debated in accordance with the procedure applying to other motions for resolutions, subject to the provisions of this Chapter.

4. Such motions for resolutions shall specify the citations in proposals for Community instruments submitted to the Assembly.

Rule 151-2

1. Where the Government or the chairman of a group so requests, or where a motion for a resolution is tabled by the rapporteur of the National Assembly Delegation for the European Union, the committee responsible shall report within one month after the request or the distribution of the motion.

2. The committee responsible shall consider amendments moved by all deputies. Such amendments shall be transmitted direct by their movers. Amendments not taken into account in the instrument with which the report concludes shall be annexed to the report.

3. Any standing committee that considers itself competent to make observations on a motion for a resolution referred to another standing committee shall inform the President of the National Assembly. Any decision to this effect shall be published in the Journal officiel and announced at the commencement of the next sitting.

4. A committee that has decided to make observations shall deliberate before the committee responsible. Its rapporteur shall be entitled to take part, but not to vote, in the proceedings of that committee in order to submit to it the observations and amendments presented by the committee which designated him. Likewise, the rapporteur of the committee responsible shall be entitled to take part, but not to vote, in the proceedings of the committee that has decided to make observations. The report of the committee responsible shall record these observations and amendments in an annex.

5. Save in respect of motions for resolutions tabled by one of its rapporteurs, the National Assembly Delegation for the European Union may make observations and move amendments in like manner.

6. Where the rapporteur of the Delegation has tabled a motion for a resolution, he shall take part in the proceedings of the committee responsible. He may also speak in public sitting after the rapporteur of the committee responsible and the rapporteur of any committee asked for an opinion.

Rule 151-3

1. Within eight clear days after the distribution of the report of the committee responsible recommending that a motion for a resolution should be carried, the Government, the chairman of a group, the chairman of a standing committee or the chairman of the National Assembly Delegation for the European Union may ask the President that the motion be set down on the agenda. Where such a request is made by the chairman of a group, the motion shall by right be set down on the supplementary agenda.

2. If the request is not made within the time limit set by paragraph 1, if the Chairmen's Conference at its weekly meeting following expiry of the time limit does not propose that the motion be set down on the agenda or if the Assembly does not so decide, the resolution adopted by the committee and transmitted to the President by its chairman shall be considered final.

3. The like request may be made within the same time limit where the committee recommends that the motion before it should be rejected. If it is decided to set the matter down on the agenda, paragraph 2 of Rule 94 shall apply.

4. If the Assembly decides to set the matter down on the agenda, amendments may be moved within four working days after it has been set down.

5. Resolutions adopted by the Assembly or considered final shall be transmitted to the Government. They shall be published in the Journal officiel.

Rule 151-4

1. Information communicated by the Government relating to action taken on resolutions adopted by the Assembly shall be transmitted to the appropriate committees and to the National Assembly Delegation for the European Union.

2. In the case of Bills transposing a directive on which a resolution has been adopted by the Assembly, an analysis of action taken on the resolution shall be annexed to the committee's report.

PART TWO

ISSUES OF THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY

CHAPTER VIII

Debate on the Government's programme or on a statement of general policy

Rule 152

1. Where, under the first paragraph of Article 49 of the Constitution, the Prime Minister makes the Government's programme or a statement of its general policy an issue of its responsibility, the Chairmen's Conference shall arrange the debate in manner provided by Rule 132.

2. After the closure of the debate, the floor may be given for an explanation of vote lasting fifteen minutes to a speaker designated by each group and five minutes to other speakers. The provisions relating to the closure shall apply to the latter.

3. The President shall put to vote approval of the Government's programme or statement.

4. An absolute majority of votes cast shall be required.

CHAPTER IX

Motions of censure and interpellations

Rule 153

1. A motion of censure shall be tabled by delivering to the President of the Assembly a document entitled "Motion of censure" together with a list of signatures of at least one tenth of the members of the Assembly. The tenth of members shall be calculated by reference to the number of seats actually filled; if the calculation results in a fraction, the number shall be rounded up.

2. No deputy shall sign more than one motion of censure at a time.

3. Reasons may be given for motions of censure.

4. Once a motion of censure has been tabled, no signature shall be withdrawn or added. The President shall notify the Government of the motion, shall have it posted on the noticeboard and shall inform the Assembly at its next following sitting. The definitive list of signatures shall be published in the verbatim report.

Rule 154

1. The Chairmen's Conference shall determine the date on which motions of censure are to be debated, the date to be not later than the third sitting day after expiry of the constitutional time limit of forty-eight hours after the motion has been tabled.

2. The debate shall be arranged in manner provided by Rule 132. If more than one motion has been tabled, the Conference may decide that they will be debated together, provided that each will be put to vote separately.

3. No motion of censure shall be withdrawn once it has begun to be debated. Once begun, the debate shall be continued until the motion is put to vote.

4. After the general debate, the floor may be given for an explanation of vote lasting fifteen minutes to a speaker designated by each group and five minutes to other speakers. The provisions relating to the closure shall apply to the latter.

5. No amendment to a motion of censure shall be moved.

6. Only deputies in favour of the motion of censure shall take part in the ballot, which shall take place as provided in section II of Rule 66.

Rule 155

1. Where, in accordance with the third paragraph of Article 49 of the Constitution, the Prime Minister makes the passing of a Bill an issue of the Government's responsibility, debate shall immediately be suspended for twenty-four hours.

2. Within this time limit a motion of censure in accordance with Rule 153 may be delivered to the President of the National Assembly. The wording of the motion shall refer to the third paragraph of Article 49 of the Constitution. The motion shall immediately be posted on the noticeboard.

3. The President of the National Assembly shall take note of any motion of censure tabled within the time limit set. He shall notify the Government. Otherwise, the President shall take note that the Bill has been passed at the expiry of the time limit. He shall inform the Government.

4. The President shall inform the Assembly immediately or at the commencement of the following sitting.

5. A motion as referred to in paragraph 2 shall be set down on the agenda, debated and put to vote as provided in this Chapter.

Rule 156

1. A deputy who wishes to interpellate the Government shall inform the President of the Assembly during a public sitting, appending to his application a motion of censure satisfying the criteria set by Rule 153.

2. The motion of censure shall be notified, posted, set down on the agenda, debated and put to vote in manner provided by Rules 153 and 154. The interpellant shall have precedence in speaking in the debate.

PART THREE

CRIMINAL LIABILITY OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

AND MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT

CHAPTER X

Election of members of the High Court of Justice and of the Court of Justice of the Republic

Rule 157

1. At the commencement of each new term the National Assembly shall elect twelve judges and six substitute judges to the High Court of Justice.

2. The judges and substitute judges shall be elected separately by secret plurinominal ballot.

3. The provisions of Rule 26 concerning the candidatures, the distribution of ballot papers and the validity of votes shall apply to this election.

4. At each ballot, in the order of the number of votes cast for them, candidates who have obtained a number of votes at least equal to the absolute majority of votes cast shall stand elected. For each category, whatever number of ballots is needed shall be held until all seats are filled. Where the votes for the last seats to be filled are equal, candidates shall be declared elected in order of age, commencing with the oldest, until all seats are filled.

Rule 157-1

1. At the commencement of each new term the National Assembly shall elect six judges and six substitute judges to the Court of Justice of the Republic.

2. The election shall be by a single secret plurinominal ballot.

3. The name of each candidate for judge shall be accompanied by that of a candidate for substitute judge.

4. The provisions of Rule 26 concerning the filing of candidatures, the distribution of ballot papers and the validity of votes shall apply to this election.

5. At each ballot, in the order of the number of votes cast for them, candidates who have obtained a number of votes at least equal to the absolute majority of votes cast shall stand elected. Whatever number of ballots is needed shall be held until all seats are filled. Only votes cast for the same candidate for judge and the same candidate for substitute judge shall be counted together.

6. Where the votes for the last seats to be filled are equal, candidates shall be declared elected in order of age of candidates for judge, commencing with the oldest, until all seats are filled.

CHAPTER XI

Reference to the High Court of Justice

Rule 158

No motion for a resolution bringing an indictment before the High Court of Justice shall be admissible unless signed by at least one tenth of deputies. The procedure set out in paragraph 1 of Rule 51 shall apply.

Rule 159

The Bureau of the National Assembly shall automatically rule inadmissible motions for resolutions contrary to Rule 158 or to section 18 of Ordinance 59-1 of 2 January 1959 (Institutional Act on the High Court of Justice).

Rule 160

Motions for resolutions ruled admissible by the Bureau and those transmitted by the President of the Senate shall be referred to a committee of fifteen members specially designated to consider them. Appointments shall be made with due regard for the need to reflect the political make-up of the Assembly and, failing agreement between the chairmen of groups on a list of candidates, to ensure proportional representation of groups, in accordance with the procedure set out in Rule 25. Deputies who are members of the High Court of Justice shall not be designated members of such a committee.

Rule 161

The Assembly shall rule on the committee's report after a debate arranged in accordance with Rule 80.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Rule 162

1. The duty allowance prescribed by section 2 of Ordinance 58-1210 of 13 December 1958 (Institutional Act on the Remuneration of Members of Parliament) shall be payable monthly, calculated on an annual basis, irrespective of the duration of sessions, to all deputies regularly participating in the proceedings of the Assembly.

2. Deputies may ask to be excused attendance at specific sittings. Requests shall be made in writing, stating reasons, to the President.

3. Account being taken of cases where proxies have been made in accordance with Ordinance 58-1066 of 7 November 1958, of votes on motions of censure and of excuses made under the preceding paragraph, a deputy who has taken part, in the course of a session, in less than two thirds of public ballots held under paragraph 4(3) of Rule 65 or under Rule 65-1 shall forfeit one third of the duty allowance for a period equal to the duration of the session; a deputy who has taken part in less than half of the ballots shall forfeit two thirds of the allowance.

Rule 163

1. Insignia shall be worn by deputies when they are travelling on official business, at public ceremonies or in any other circumstances where their status needs to be made known.

2. The form of such insignia shall be determined by the Bureau of the Assembly.

Rule 164

1. At the commencement of each new term the Secretariat-General of the National Assembly shall prepare a compendium of the authentic versions of the election manifestos and commitments of deputies declared elected following general elections.

2. Should any difficulty arise in preparing the compendium, it shall be referred to the Bureau of the National Assembly.