My name is Anouchka van Miltenburg. On 25 September 2012 I was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. I have been a member of the House since 2003. I love the profession of people's representative and our parliament.
Chairing the plenary sitting
A good debate is more than a discussion between MPs. It is a powerful way to make clear to society what choices are made by the government and what the political groups in the parliament think of this. As Speaker, I will, with a feel for the subject at hand, contribute to a good atmosphere and an effective and substantive meeting. Because all participants in the debate in the House must be able to present their views. I will ensure that MPs and the cabinet members speak clear language, and during every debate I will ask myself whether the House has sufficient room to do its supervisory and regulatory tasks. I look forward to many great debates. The House deserves to have such great debates.
According to Article 6 of the Rules of Procedure of the House the task of the Speaker is fourfold:
• Chair the work of the House and of the Presidium
• Enforce the Rules of Procedure;
• Carry out the decisions made by the House;
• Represent the House.