Welcome to the House of Representatives of the Netherlands. The Dutch Parliament is called the States General. It consists of two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives. On this website we provide you with information about the House of Representatives. How does it work? Who are its members? How are they elected?
As of October 2015 you can go on several special guided tours of the premises of the House of Representatives, which are given in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the House. Until the end of January 2016 you can join these guided tours, which have three different themes. Make sure to book on time, because the number of places on the tours is limited.
150 members of parliament
Tuesday 15 September is 'Prince's Day' (Prinsjesdag) in the Netherlands. In his capacity as Head of State, the King delivered the so-called 'King's Speech' (Troonrede) in the Hall of Knights in the Binnenhof in The Hague. Subsequently, the Minister of Finance presented his famous 'Third-Tuesday-of-September'-briefcase to the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This briefcase contains the Budget Memorandum and the National Budget.
On Thursday 10 September 2015 the spokespersons on environmetal issues of the House of Representatives had a debate with Ms Wilma Mansveld, state secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment. They looked ahead to the EU Environment Council of 18 September, which itself was held in preparation of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Paris early in December 2015. The state secretary promised the MPs she would regularly update the House on developments in the negotiations in the build-up to the UN Climate Conference. On 8 June and 28 August she had sent letters to the House about the issue.
On Wednesday 2 September 2015 the standing committee on the Interior, the standing committee on Defence and the standing committee on Security and Justice had a debate with Mr Ronald Plasterk, minister of the Interior, Mr Ard van der Steur, minister of Security and Justice and Mr Lodewijk Asscher, minister of Social Affairs and Employment, about the security services and counter-terrorism.