Definition of question time in English:

question time


  • (in the UK) a period during parliamentary proceedings in the House of Commons when MPs may question ministers.

    ‘the issue arose several times at question time’
    [as modifier] ‘rowdy question-time exchanges’
    • ‘Control of the question time was passed on to his deputy, John Fuller, and the heated debate ensued.’
    • ‘He became a redoubtable Commons performer, quite capable of inflicting bruises on the Prime Minister at question time.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister also defended the military campaign at question time.’
    • ‘One of the reasons we have ministerial question time is to ensure that there is no corruption in this country.’
    • ‘That is not appropriate behaviour during question time when questions are being asked.’
    • ‘It is an important issue, because question time in this Parliament is a very important time.’
    • ‘But she was tossed out of parliament during her first question time on Tuesday.’
    • ‘They might argue with each other at prime minister's question time.’
    • ‘Parliamentary question time is not just for our benefit but for the benefit of the public, as well.’
    • ‘After question time I invite you, as you often do, to look at the Hansard record of what has just occurred.’
    • ‘She was also critical of the Prime Minister's response when she questioned him over the issue at question time on Wednesday.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister paid tribute to the York mother of four during his weekly question time for helping to make her street a better place.’
    • ‘The President's men wanted to control the entire question time and they got their way.’
    • ‘In question time today the Minister acknowledged the issue, but did he pick up the challenge?’
    • ‘With respect, question time is when questions are asked, and one would expect them to be answered.’
    • ‘In September, Aucamp raised the matter in parliament with Mbeki during question time.’
    • ‘If we cannot get answers to questions in the House, quite frankly what is the point of Parliament or question time?’
    • ‘I want to pick up on two things the Prime Minister said at question time today, as a start to this speech.’
    • ‘These are the questions the Prime Minister would not answer in question time today.’
    • ‘It's a big issue and I have brought it up many times, and had it raised in question time in the Dáil.’