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Urgent assembly questions

In the National Assembly for Wales, urgent assembly questions allow Assembly members to call ministers to come to the Siambr (chamber) to make a statement on an important issue at short notice.

The procedure is similar to urgent questions in the House of Commons, questions for urgent oral answer in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and emergency questions in the Scottish Parliament.

The presiding officer decides whether the question is of sufficient public importance to take up time in the Siambr.

If approved, an urgent assembly question may be taken at the end of question time.

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