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19 OCTOBER 2019

XIII LEGISLATURE

Dictionary of terms

General terms

Debate.

An essential part of parliamentary proceedings which involves setting out and comparing opinions and arguments. Debates are usually public and allow members to express their stance in favour or against the matter debated.

Debate on the Nation State of Self-Governing Communities.

Debate which takes place within the Senate's General Committee of the Self-Governing Communities. The Senate Standing Orders dictate that this Committee shall meet on an annual basis. This debate incorporates interventions from the President of the Government, the heads of regional parliaments in the Self-Governing Communities and cities with a Statute of Autonomy, as well as members of the General Committee, to examine the situation of the State from a territorial perspective.

Department of Budgets and Contracts

Unit within the Senate Secretariat General responsible for advising and managing matters pertaining to contractual procedures, movable assets and artistic heritage, budgets and accounting within the House.

Department of Committees.

Unit within the Senate's Secretariat General responsible for preparation, advice, assistance, support and implementation in matters within the scope of the House Committees.

Department of Documentation.

Unit within the Senate Secretariat General responsible for carrying out documentation work related with the activity of the House.

Department of Human Resources and Internal Governance

Unit within the Secretariat General responsible for management, advice and control in matters pertaining to staff members who provide services to the Secretariat General in the Senate, as well services provided to members, in addition to any matters not specifically attributed to other Departments and which affect the internal governance of the Senate.

Department of Information and Communication Technologies

Unit within the Senate Secretariat General responsible for providing advice and management with regard to Senate's computer and communications system.

Department of Institutional Relations.

Unit within the Senate Secretariat General responsible for providing support, assistance and advice with regard to media relations, institutional image, and Senate protocol, as well as internal and external information and supervision of the Senate webpage.

Department of International Relations.

Unit within the Senate Secretariat General responsible for preparation, organisation and management of international affairs and inter-parliamentary coordination within the Senate.

Department of Research

Unit within the Senate Secretariat General responsible for carrying out research and analysis related with constitutional and parliamentary activity, as well as matters pertaining to the European Union.

Department of Technical Parliamentary Assistance.

Unit within the Senate's Secretariat General responsible for preparation, advice, assistance, support and implementation in matters within the scope of the Plenary Sitting, the Permanent Deputation, the Bureau and the Board of Spokespersons.

Deputy Speaker of the Senate.

Member of the Senate Bureau elected at the constitutional sitting of the House from among its members. Deputy Speakers, in the established order, deputise for the Speaker, performing the functions of the Speaker if this position is vacant, or the current Speaker is absent or unable to perform said duties. They also perform any other duties entrusted by the Speaker or the Bureau. See “Bureau”.

Dissenting opinion.

Proposal whereby members or Parliamentary Groups manifest their intention to defend at the Plenary Sitting the amendments made to a governmental or non-governmental bill which, having been debated within a Committee, have not been incorporated into the Committee's ruling.

Dissolution.

In most cases, a decision made by means of a Decree issued by the President of the Government, following from deliberations by the Council of Ministers, which brings to an end the mandate of Deputies, Senators or both and which leads to the calling of elections. Following dissolution, the Permanent Deputation enters into effect. Automatic dissolution occurs in the event of an extraordinary reformation of the Constitution (section 168) or a vote of no confidence (section 99). See “Permanent Deputation”.