||The agreement or approval of all Members present.5 If one Member does not agree to the proposal, the requirement of general assent is not satisfied.
||(See Parliamentary Elections)
||A Bill initiated by the Government. It is introduced on behalf of the Government usually by a Minister or Minister of State. (See also Hybrid Bill and Private Bill) S.Os. 66 and 67.
||An official publication of all Government notices, including the operation dates of Acts of Parliament. Once the notice in the Gazette is published, the public is deemed to have notice of it.
||A Member of Parliament belonging to the ruling political party or coalition. (See also Opposition)
|Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC)
||GPCs are set up by the governing party to scrutinise the legislation and programmes of ministries.6 The governing party allocates to each of these Committees a portfolio corresponding to one or more Ministerial portfolios, for example, the GPC on Defence and Foreign Affairs. GPCs comprise only Government party members.
||A Command Paper in the nature of a preliminary discussion or consultative document, usually issued in advance of the formulation of Government policy.7 (See also Blue Book, White Paper, Command Paper and Parliamentary Papers).
|Group Representation Constituency (GRC)
||During parliamentary elections, a constituency may be designated as a GRC or multiple-member constituency, to be contested by a team of three to six candidates, at least one of whom must be a Malay, Indian or a person belonging to other minority communities. The Malay Community Committee, and the Indian and Other Minority Communities Committee will be constituted before the general election to scrutinise minority GRC candidates and determine whether they belong to their respective communities. GRCs were first introduced for the 1988 general election to ensure that minorities will always be represented in Parliament. The scheme does not apply to all constituencies, and a number of seats in Parliament remain as single-member constituencies that may be contested by any candidate regardless of race. Art 39A of the CRS.
||An order made by the Speaker or the House fixing the time allowed for debate on a particular matter. “Guillotine times” figure prominently during debates in the Committee of Supply, when they are strictly enforced in order that the House may complete the debate on the estimates of expenditure within a stipulated number of days. S.O. 92.
5An example is S.O. 35 where, if notice is required for a motion, such notice shall not be dispensed with except with the consent of the Speaker and the general assent of Members present.
6GPCs were formed in 1987.
7An example is the Green Paper on “Agenda for Action: Goals and Challenges” presented to Parliament in 1988.