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6 JUNE 2020


Dictionary of terms

General terms

Technical Department of Infrastructures.

Unit within the Senate Secretariat General responsible for providing advice and management with regard to Senate buildings and facilities.

Temporary advisory staff.

Staff providing direct advisory assistance to members of the Bureau, certain members of Parliament and Parliamentary Groups. Staff under temporary contracts will be appointed and dismissed freely by the Speaker of the House, at the proposal of the head of the body to which they will be providing assistance. In any case, this appointment will cease immediately when the individual in charge of the body served is no longer in this position.

Territorial Group.

Group of at least three Senators elected within the territory of a Self-Governing Community or appointed by the same Regional Parliament, and belonging to the same Parliamentary Group.

The Board of Spokespersons.

The Board of Spokespersons. Body made up of the Speaker of the House and the spokespersons for the Parliamentary Groups. As well as the Spokespersons themselves, the meetings may also be attended by a representative of Government. In the Senate, the Board of Spokespersons must be heard before setting the agenda for Plenary Sittings, which is determined by the Speaker together with the Bureau; it is heard in relation to various parliamentary initiatives and matters pertaining to the internal organisation of the House, which are in general resolved by the Bureau or the Speaker. Additionally, in practice, it has become a forum where, under the authority of the Speaker of the Senate, suggestions and observations are made about any aspect related to the functioning of the House.
The Senate section is structured into six sections: bills, motions, authorisations, other parliamentary activities, regulations governing parliamentary issues and Senate Administration.


Obtaining the same number of votes for as against in a ballot. In the Senate, the means of breaking a tie will differ depending on the body in which the ballot has taken place. If it takes place within a Plenary Sitting, a second ballot will be held. If the tie is repeated, a third ballot will be held, and if this once again ends in a tie, it will be understood that the bill, ruling, section, proposition or question at hand has been rejected. In Committee ballots, the same rules as in Plenary Sittings will be applied, unless all the members are present, in which case it will be understood that there is no tie when the equality of votes, being identical in the sense in which all the members of the Committee belonging to the same Parliamentary Group would have voted, could be resolved by weighting the number of votes that each Group has in the Plenary Sitting.

Turn against.

A turn during a debate in which the intervening party makes a statement against the initiative or bill being debated, in other words, advocates its rejection.

Turn of the Spokespersons.

Turn used by the spokespersons of Parliamentary Groups to establish their position about the initiative that is being debated.

Turn to speak.

This is the period of time, distributed in a specific order, in which the member speaks or makes an oral intervention.