Dictionary

Do you want to know what a petition resolution is or what is meant by duty of disclosure? Here is a list of explanations of terms that are frequently used in the Norwegian Parliament.

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  • debate

    nearly all matters dealt with in the Storting are debated in the Chamber before a possible vote. As a rule, the committee that has considered the issue and the cabinet minister in question take part in the debate.
  • Debate on the Speech from the Throne

    debate on the annual Speech from the Throne. The Speech from the Throne is read by the King at the State Opening of the Storting, and contains the Government’s policy statement for the coming year.
  • decision (resolution)

    provision. Matters dealt with in the Storting are always concluded by means of a decision (or resolution). Decisions appear in the official report of the debate and the vote in the Chamber. Under the former legislative process, after a Bill was dealt with, resolutions from the Odelsting were written in a decision in the Odelsting (Besl. O). The system of the Odelsting and Lagting was abolished as of 1 October 2009. Bills must now be considered twice by a plenary Storting before they can be passed.
  • decision in the Lagting (historical term)

    the Lagting wrote a decision in cases where it did not agree to the decision made in the Odelsting. This resulted in the matter being returned to the Odelsting for further consideration. It happened very occasionally and usually centred on minor errors in the wording of the Bill that had occurred earlier on in the legislative process. The system of the Odelsting and Lagting was abolished as of 1 October 2009. Today’s proposed amendments to the Bill have replaced the decision in the Lagting. The proposed amendments are the Storting’s comments made during the second reading of the Bill in the Storting.
  • decision in the Odelsting (historical term)

    the Enactment of a Bill from the Odelsting was written in a decision (Besl. O). After this, it was considered in the Lagting. The system of the Odelsting and Lagting was abolished as of 1 October 2009. Today’s enactment of a Bill has replaced the decision in the Odelsting and contains the decision made after the first reading of the Bill in the Storting.
  • delegate

    transfer or assign authority, usually from one public body to another (for example, from the Storting to the Government or one of the ministries.
  • democracy (representative government)

    representative democracy: the people elect representatives to act on their behalf, protect their interests and answer to the electorate at the following election. Direct democracy: the people may take a standpoint by voting on a specific issue, as in a referendum.
  • direct action

    used as a collective term for the various methods people use to influence political decisions, such as demonstrations and other actions.
  • directorate

    central government agency, headed by a director general; part of the central government administration; subordinate to a ministry. There are two main types: 1) Directorates with limited authority to make independent decisions, and 2) directorates with the responsibility to make the majority of decisions independently.
  • discussions (negotiations)

    in the Storting there are often discussions between parties on different political questions; for example, in order to form a majority for a political alternative in one of the standing committees.
  • document

    term used for a series of publications that are dealt with in the Storting. A Member’s own proposals on matters are submitted as documents. The Office of the Auditor General also submits its business to the Storting in the form of documents.
  • duty of disclosure

    the Government is obliged to disclose all relevant information on a matter, and all information disclosed must be correct.