Both Chambers of the Federal Parliament
, the Senate
and the Chamber of Representatives
, have the right to conduct parliamentary inquiries pursuant to article 56 of the Belgian Constitution
, which provides that "Each Chamber has the right of inquiry". Committees of inquiry were rarely set up until 20 years ago, and have been used increasingly in the recent past, dealing with matters deemed of major public concern or apparent governmental failure.
Inquiries by the Chamber of Representatives
1880: Education reform and legislation
May 5, 1880: Parliamentary inquiry commission concerning the moral and material situation of Belgium's primary education system, the results of the law of July 1, 1879, and the means used to inhibit implementation of this law.
1909: Draft legislation
March 10, 1909: Parliamentary inquiry in order to resolve the outcomes of the law of May 21 1902 (a change in the militia law and the law on compensation for drafted men).
1935: Monetary devaluation
April 17, 1935: Parliamentary inquiry to determine the responsibilities in the devaluation of the Belgian franc
, as set down in the law passed March 30, 1935 and the Royal Decree of March 31, 1935.
January 15, 1959: Parliamentary inquiry commission concerning the riots that took place in Leopoldstad in January 1959.
1972: Publicity on state-run television networks
June 18, 1972: Parliamentary inquiry commission on the direct or indirect addition of... Read More