Questions on Notice

Questions on Notice

The Council has now expired. There will be no further questions on notice or responses for the 58th Parliament.

Questions on Notice are written requests for information, asked by Members to Ministers, often requiring detailed responses concerning Government administration.


Standing Orders 8.07–8.12 govern the procedure for asking and answering Questions on Notice.


Questions submitted by Members are published at the back of the online Notice Paper each sitting day and all answers to questions are published in Hansard after they have been tabled.

Answers to questions on notice are due within 30 days of the question being published. 

Further information about Questions on Notice can be found in Information Sheet No. 3 — Questions.


Tracking the status of Questions on Notice

The Council maintains a spreadsheet listing all Questions on Notice asked during the current session of Parliament, which can be accessed below. While every effort is made to keep this spreadsheet up to date on a sitting daily basis, please be aware that this is sometimes not possible.


Questions on Notice spreadsheet
Answers to QONs - Guidelines for Departments and Agencies pdfAnswers_to_Questions_on_Notice_-_Guidelines_for_Departments_and_Agencies.pdf21.99 KB
Answer to QONs template docxLC_Answer_to_Question_on_Notice_template.docx98.24 KB


An Unanswered Questions on Notice booklet is also produced and published within one week of the end of a sitting week, listing the full text of all questions remaining unanswered at the end of each sitting week.


Questions on Notice Database

Please note that the Council no longer uses the Questions on Notice database to upload and track questions and answers.

The database is up to date for questions asked from the start of the 58th Parliament to 23 March 2016 and answers are available to 22 March 2016. No new questions or answers will be published by the Council in the database.