Written questions as part of parliamentary procedure
developed alongside oral questions and have a similar use. Members
submit written questions when they want detailed information that ministers may
not have at their fingertips.
A written question:
Mr. .... asked the government the following
question: How many single-cell wastewater stabilization ponds are
licensed to operate in Alberta pursuant to section 4 of the Clean Water Act
as of January 25, 1993?
This question asks the government about wastewater
treatment. It would have gone to the Minister of Environmental Protection, who
was in charge of the Clean Water Act.