PILDAT releases report of 319th and 320th sessions of Senate

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Highlights

  1. Senate could dispose of only 61.61% agenda during 319th session and 45.02% in 320th session
  2. Senate met for 12 hours and 7 minutes in 4 Sittings during 319th session and for 7 hours and 16 minutes in 320th session
  3. Each sitting started with an average delay of 9 minutes in 319th session; and average delay of 17 minutes during 320th session
  4. Average time per sitting recorded at 3 hours and 2 minutes in 319th session compared to 2 hours and 25 minutes in 320th session
  5. Five (5) Bills were passed by the Senate in 319th Session; no bill was passed in 320th session

Agenda Items Left Over

The 319th session of the Senate began on July 29 and was prorogued on August 5. In the 8 days long session, only 4 Senate sittings were held. The 320th session of the Senate began on August 17 and was prorogued on August 19 after holding 3 sittings.

During 319th session of the Senate, on average 38.39% agenda items were left over and the Senate could dispose 61.61% of its agenda items in 4 sittings. Maximum agenda items left over were 60% on August 1 because most of the time was consumed in the discussion on destructions caused by floods. Minimum agenda items left over were 10.71% on August 4 which was also the longest sitting of the session.

During 320th session, on average 54.98% agenda items were left over during the session and the Senate could dispose only 45.02% of its agenda items in 3 sittings. Maximum agenda items left over were 92.86% on August 19 due to the protest by the opposition. This was also the shortest sitting of the session. Minimum agenda items left over were 35.71% on August 18.

Working Hours

The total time consumed during 319th session was 12 hours and 7 minutes with an average time of 3 hours and 2 minutes per sitting. The shortest sitting was held on Friday, August 5 while the longest sitting of the session was held on Thursday, August 4. The average delay in starting a sitting was 9 minutes during the session.

On the other hand, 320th Session of the Senate spanned over a total of 7 hours and 16 minutes with an average time of 2 hours and 25 minutes per sitting. The longest sitting of the session was held on Wednesday, August 17 while the shortest sitting was held on Friday, August 19. The average delay in starting a sitting was 17 minutes during the session

Legislation

During 319th session, the Senate passed 5 bills. No government bill was introduced during the session while 5 Private Members bills were introduced and all of them were referred to the concerned committees. No ordinance was laid or extended during the session. On the other hand, during 320th session neither any bill was introduced nor passed. Also, no ordinance was laid or extended.

Top 5 Vocal Senators

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed (KP, JIP) was the most vocal Senator during 319th session with a recorded talk time of 56 minutes while during the 320th session Senator Shahadat Awan (Sindh, PPPP), Minister of State, Law and Justice, was the most vocal Senator with a recorded talk time of 26 minutes.

Detailed PILDAT reports compiled on both the sessions cover PILDAT analysis on areas such as Agenda Items Left Over, Quorum, Attendance, details on Legislation, Points of Public Importance raised, Most Vocal Senators and overview of Questions & Answers in these sessions. To access and read detailed reports, please visit the following:

PILDAT Update on 319th Session of the Senate of Pakistan

PILDAT Update on 320th Session of the Senate of Pakistan