|Truong Thi Mai, chairperson of the Social Affairs Committee, said what was written in Article 16 of the draft law on the Q&A sessions was much more narrow than what was written in the 2013 Constitution and the article needed to be fixed. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa
HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee members did not come to a unanimous decision yesterday morning on the draft Law on Supervisory Activities of the NA and People's Council.
During the meeting, deputies argued that the groups of issues selected for officials' Q&A sessions weren't objective. They said the selections did not cover all the topics deputies and voters wanted the officials standing in the docks to address.
They said the Q&A sessions should consist of direct questions from deputies and direct answers from those in the docks.
Responding to concerns raised by the deputies, a representative from the National Assembly Judiciary Committee pointed to Article 80 of the 2013 Constitution and Article 32 of the Law on Organisation of the NA, which both say that the NA Standing Committee may allow the answers to be submitted in writing.
Huynh Ngoc Son, NA vice chairman, said the Q&A sessions should be held at NA deputies' requests. But the draft law committee should also consider the holding of sessions at the request of the voters.
"If deputies ask questions that aren't included in the previously decided categories, the questioned persons must submit their answers in writing," Son said.
Truong Thi Mai, chairperson of the Social Affairs Committee, said what was written in Article 16 of the draft law on the Q&A sessions was much more narrow than what was written in the 2013 Constitution and the article needed to be fixed.
In the afternoon, NA Standing Committee members discussed the draft Law on People's Referendum and the draft Resolution on functions and tasks for the Institute for Judiciary Studies. — VNS