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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  • recommendation

    after a committee has considered a matter, it submits a written recommendation that states the views of the committee and proposes a decision. After that, the recommendation is dealt with in the Storting.
  • Recommendation to the Storting

    the committee’s recommendations on ordinary matters and issues relating to the budget.
  • Recommendation to the Storting (Bill)

    the committee’s recommendations on legislative matters.
  • referendum

    all those entitled to vote take a standpoint by voting on a specific issue or a specific political question.
  • reply

    after the main speech in a debate, there may be an exchange of remarks. This gives Members the opportunity to comment on the speech, and the main speaker the chance to reply to each speaker in turn.
  • Report to the Odelsting (historical term)

    a report from the Government to the Odelsting, used by the Government on rare occasions to withdraw a Bill that it did not wish to be considered. The system of the Odelsting and Lagting was abolished as of 1 October 2009. Reports to the Odelsting have now been replaced by Reports to the Storting.
  • Report to the Storting

    orientations of the Storting by the Government on various matters that the Government wishes the Storting to consider. Reports to the Storting are used when the Government wishes to raise a matter in the Storting without a draft resolution. It is also used when the Government wishes to withdraw a Bill. Until 1 October 2009 the term Report to the Odelsting was used when the Government wished to withdraw a Bill, and Report to the Storting was used when the Government wished to orientate the Storting on various aspects of state activities. In many parts of the English speaking world, both kinds of report are referred to as white papers.
  • representative government (democracy)

    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.
  • resolution (decision)

    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.
  • revised budget

    all amendments and supplementary appropriations to the Fiscal Budget that are approved during any given fiscal year, as well as all draft amendments are dealt with at the end of the spring session.
  • right of initiative

    a proposal to the Storting must be put forward in one of two ways: either by the Government in the form of a Proposition to the Storting, or by an individual Member of the Storting in the form of a Private Member’s Bill.
  • Royal Assent

    the King in Council gives his approval to the Enactment of a Bill adopted by the Storting with his signature, and the Prime Minister countersigns.
  • Rules of Procedure

    the rules that govern the proceedings of the Storting and many aspects of the internal running of the Storting and its proceedings.