Parliament of Malta

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Parliament of Malta
Parlament ta' Malta
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Type
Type
Houses House of Representatives
Leadership
Structure
Seats 67
Distribution of seats in the Parliament of Malta (2017).svg
Political groups

Government

Opposition

Elections
Single transferable vote
Last election
3 June 2017
Next election
2022
Meeting place
Parliament House (Malta).jpeg
Parliament House, Valletta
Website
http://www.parlament.mt/
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The Parliament of Malta (Maltese: Parlament ta' Malta) is the constitutional legislative body in Malta, located in Valletta. The parliament is unicameral, with a democratically elected House of Representatives and the President of Malta. By Constitutional law, all government ministers, including the Prime Minister, must be members of the House of Representatives.

Between 1921 and 1933 the Parliament was bicameral, consisting of a Senate as well as a Legislative Assembly.

House of Representatives of Malta

The House of Representatives (Maltese: Kamra tad-Deputati) is the unicameral legislature of Malta and a component of the Parliament of Malta. The House is presided over by the Speaker of the House. The President of Malta is appointed for a five-year term by a resolution of the House.

Composition

The House is composed of an odd number of members elected for one legislative term of five years. Ordinarily, five members are returned from each of thirteen electoral districts using the single transferable vote electoral system but additional members are elected in cases of dis-proportionality (where a party with an absolute majority of votes fails to win an absolute majority of seats and where only candidates from two parties are elected).

Meeting place

Between 1921 and 2015, the House of Representatives was housed in the Grandmaster's Palace.[1]

The House of Representatives is currently housed in the Parliament House, near the entrance of Valletta. The present building was inaugurated on 4 May 2015.

Committees

The Standing Orders of the House provide for the creation of eight Parliamentary Standing Committees to make parliamentary work more efficient and enhance Parliament's scrutiny functions.

The Standing Committees are:

  • Standing Committee on House Business
  • Standing Committee on Privileges
  • Standing Committee on Public Accounts
  • Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs
  • Standing Committee on Social Affairs
  • Standing Committee on Consideration of Bills
  • Standing Committee on Family Affairs
  • Standing Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs

Other Standing Committees constituted by other statutes include:

  • Standing Committee on Environment and Development Planning
  • National Audit Office Accounts Committee

There are also select committees and non-official committees.

Latest elections

Members

References

  1. ^ "Parliament House inaugurated, holds first sitting: 'A milestone in Malta's parliamentary history' - President". Times of Malta. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
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