On Thursday 19 November 2015, the House had a debate about the Paris attacks. The spokespersons of the parliamentary groups wanted to hear from Prime Minister Mark Rutte, minister Ard van der Steur (Security and Justice) and minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs and Employment) what the consequences of the violence in the French capital are for the policy of the Dutch Government.
On Monday 16 November at twelve o'clock the House of Representatives observed a minute of silence in commemoration of the victims of the Paris attacks on Friday 13 November. The French flag was projected on one of the walls of the Central Passageway, where the participants of the commemoration observed a minute of silence. Two committee meetings on new legislation were interrupted for the commemoration. On Monday the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms Anouchka van Miltenburg, was present at the French embassy, as were several members of the Cabinet.
On Tuesday 17 November, the House of Representatives commemorated the Paris attacks at the beginning of the sitting. The French ambassador was in attendance.