On 1 October 2009 the House of Representatives decided to draw up its own future and investigation agenda. Every year, the House decides on investigations to be carried out, either into the implementation of policy or into future developments, with a maximum of three investigations per year. These investigations provide MPs with more thorough understanding and knowledge of the subject in question, which makes it easier for them to make up their mind and to make proper decisions. The investigations are carried out by special temporary committees, often supported by external experts.
These temporary committees do not have special rights compared with the standing committees. They can organise public hearings and round table conferences, but they do not have the opportunity to question people under oath. People are not obliged to participate in their investigations or to accept an invitation for a hearing.
Also in the years before the formal instalment of the future and investigation agenda, committees of the house did investigate various cases. Since 2000 special temporary committees of the House carried out 13 investigations all together. Their reports drew a lot of attention and often resulted in adaption of new policies and regulations.
Temporary committee on Government ICT projects
The Temporary Committee on ICT projects has been commissioned to carry out a parliamentary investigation into government ICT projects. The government often fails to get its ICT projects fixed. The committee's aim is to identify what went wrong and what did go well, and why. The committee is expected to present its final report to the House in autumn 2014. Part of the investigation has been carried out by an external party.
Concise time schedule:
- As of early 2012: preparation of the investigation.
- Mid 2012: installation of the temporary committee.
- Autumn 2013: completion of the external investigation and opening of the in-depth investigation.
- First half of 2014: completion of the in-depth investigation and start of hearings.
- Second half of 2014: presentation of the final report by the temporary committee and plenary debate.
Mr Ton Elias, chairman (VVD, People's Party for Freedom and Democracy)
Mr Paul Ulenbelt (SP, deputy chairman)
Ms Hanke Bruins Slot (CDA)
Ms Manon Fokke (PvdA)
Mr Paul van Meenen (D66)
Parliamentary investigations since 2000
- 2012-2014: Government ICT-projects
- 2012-2013: House prices
- 2011-2012: Maintenance and innovation railway system
- 2011: Recent migration workers from Eastern Europe
- 2011: More sustainable food production
- 2009: Crisis financial system
- 2007-2008: New developments education system
- 2005: NATO Response Force
- 2005-2006: System of imprisonment in secure psychiatric institutions
- 2003-2004: Infrastructure projects
- 2003-2004: Health care expenditures
- 2003-2004: Integration policy
- 2001: Biotechnology
- 2000: Crash of military airplane