The members of the House of Representatives (MPs) are elected directly by the Dutch voters. In national general elections those people entitled to vote decide which 150 MPs will represent them during the next Cabinet term.


MPs have certain rights in order to carry out their duties as well as they can. For instance, they have the right to propose bills themselves, or to amend bills proposed by the Government. By motion they can ask the government to take action on a certain issue, or they can give their opinion on the policies of the Government. Ministers and State Secretaries must inform the House of Representatives adequately. MPs have the right to ask questions of the members of the Cabinet and to call them to account.