Federal Law on the Rules of Procedure of the National Council
Rules of Procedure Law of 1975
Promulgations: BGBl. [Federal Law Gazette] No. 410/1975 as amended in BGBl. Nos 302/1979, 353/1986, 720/1988, 569/1993, 438/1996 and BGBl. I Nos 131/1997, 163/1998, 29/2005, 31/2009, 11/2010, 12/2010, 114/2011, 66/2012, 31/2013, 131/2013, 132/2013, 6/2014, 99/2014, 62/2015, 41/2016 und 45/2020
XIIIa. Debate on Matters of Topical Interest
§ 97a. (1) The deliberations in plenary of a week of sittings shall commence with a Debate on Matters of Topical Interest if five Members so require in writing at least 48 hours previously - not counting Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays - and at the same time indicate the subject to be discussed. If there are several requests, the President shall select the topic to be discussed, bearing in mind the principles set out in § 60 (3).
(2) The Parliamentary Administration shall inform the members of the Federal Government.
(3) The Debate on Matters of Topical Interest shall serve to discuss subjects of general topical interest that regard the executive function of the Federal Government; no motions may be made or decisions taken.
(4) No Question Hour shall take place in sittings that commence with a Debate on Matters of Topical Interest.
(5) The Debate on Matters of Topical Interest shall, as a rule, last between 60 and 70 minutes and be organised in such a way that no more than 50 minutes of that time are allowed for Members' contributions. The President shall have the right to close the Debate on Matters of Topical Interest after the lapse of 90 minutes.
(6) As a rule, the first speaker shall be the first signatory of the proposal in accordance with (1) above, who shall have a speaking time of 10 minutes. The competent member of the Federal Government or the State Secretary entitled to speak under § 19 (1) shall have the duty to make an introductory statement, which should not exceed 10 minutes. The speaking time for all other speakers during the Debate on Matters of Topical Interest shall not be more than five minutes, and as a rule two speakers for each Parliamentary Group shall be given the floor. The provisions concerning factual corrections shall not apply.