MPs are considering a drastic shake-up in the way the government’s spending plans are presented on the third Tuesday of September, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.
Every year, the official documents are circulated the Friday before the presentation to political parties, interest groups and journalists. This allows newspapers to put together extensive budget supplements, complete with comments.
Most of the information, including the finance minister’s economic statement, has usually been leaked well before budget day (Prinsjesdag) and MPs want to take steps to change the situation.
One option up for consideration would mean all documents be made public on the Friday. MPs say this would also give them more time to prepare for Wednesday’s parliamentary debate on the spending plans.
But senators in the upper house of parliament are unhappy with the idea, saying it would make the queen look foolish. The budget day ceremony always begins with the queen’s formal speech outlining the main areas of government policy for the next year.
Several years ago the government decided that no-one should have advance copies of the documents, but this was also abandoned.
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