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21 AUGUST 2019

XIII LEGISLATURE

Dictionary of terms

General terms

Minutes.

Formal document which records the holding of a meeting for an official House body, the names of those in attendance and any agreements reached.

Mixed Committee.

Committee made up of Deputies and Senators. In addition to any committees set up as joint working committees between the two Houses, section 74.2 of the Spanish Constitution also contemplates their creation for the resolution of certain conflicts that might arise between the Congress of Deputies and the Senate, and section 167 states that such a committee can be constituted to resolve discrepancies in the ordinary reformation of the Constitution.

Mixed Group.

Parliamentary group which incorporates all members of parliament who are not part of another Group. Although its participation in the activities of the House will be identical to that of the other Groups, its internal function is distinctive since it is made up of parliamentarians from diverse political forces.

Motion.

Initiative tied to supervision and political impetus, which is presented so that the Government makes a statement regarding an issue or submits a governmental bill to Parliament, or for the House to deliberate and present its findings with regard to a non-legislative bill, accompanied by an evaluation of its economic cost. They can be presented to be debated at a Plenary Sitting or within a Committee. The debate will incorporate interventions from the author of the initiative in addition to representatives of the Parliamentary Groups. They are put to a vote. See “Motion resulting from an interpellation”.

Motion.

Non-legislative initiative linked to supervision and political impetus, which contains a proposed resolution formulated by Parliamentary Groups asking the House to urge the Government to take a certain measure or stance, or to make a declaration regarding an issue along specific lines. They have no binding legal effects, so the consequences of non-observance can be channelled through the routes open for the political supervision of Government. In the Senate, these kinds of initiatives are called motions. See “Motion”.

Motion resulting from an interpellation.

Initiative originating in the debate of an interpellation in which the reply given by the Government has not been satisfactory to the interpellant member. The content and procedure are similar to those of ordinary motions, although the interventions are shorter.