Government Headquarters, Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts

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Parliament

The National Assembly of St. Kitts & Nevis

History
The first sitting of the National Assembly/Parliament of St. Kitts and Nevis was in 1960

Procedure
Parliamentary procedure in the National Assembly is dictated by a number of legal instruments such as the Constitution, the National Assembly Elections Act, Cap 2.01 and the National Assembly (Powers and Privileges) Act, Cap. 2.04. 

The Standing Orders of the National Assembly provide the most specific rules of parliament including rules on time and manner of speaking during a debate, notice requirements, powers of the Speaker, parliamentary committees, and the order of how the business of Parliament should be conducted. 

The Standing Orders are the fourth schedule of the National Assembly Elections Act.

Speaker of the National Assembly

Hon. Lanein Blanchette, Speaker of the National Assembly

How a Bill is Passed

A bill is a proposal for a new law or a proposal to amend an existing law. A bill has to be debated in parliament and must go through “three readings” before it is passed. Essentially, when it is said that a bill is read, it means that the long title of the Bill is read into the parliament record. At the appropriate times during a parliament sitting, the Clerk or Deputy Clerk of Parliament will read the long title out loud three times during one or more sittings of parliament. Each reading represents a different stage in the passage of the bill.

Visitor Information

Parliament sittings are open to the public. If you are interested in visiting the Parliament to see a debate in person, you are free to do so. However, please take note of the following and observe the rules below.

  1. You must be appropriately dressed to enter the Parliament. The dress code that applies to enter Government Headquarters apply as well. No sleeveless or overly revealing clothing will be allowed. Note that you or your belongings may be subject to a search.
  2. Please ensure that your mobile phones and other electronic devices are off or have their sounds muted to avoid disturbing the proceedings.
  3. Enter and leave the Parliamentary Chambers quietly. Seating in the gallery is open i.e. you may sit where you wish provided that it is not a special sitting where seating is reserved. The police officers would direct you accordingly.
  4. While the House is in session, you must remain quiet. Refrain from making distracting gestures, sounds and outbursts. Please do not attempt to speak to parliamentarians or other officers. If in the opinion of the Speaker or the attending police officers your presence (or your electronic devices) is disruptive, you may be forced or asked to leave the Chambers
  5. Taking photographs and videos is not allowed unless you have obtained permission from the Speaker. To obtain permission, please communicate with the Clerk before the start of the sitting.

Guided tours of Parliament are available to schools, groups, and individuals. To arrange a tour of Parliament, please contact the Clerk of Parliament.

Contact Clerk

Government Headquarters

Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts

Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

St. Kitts was once known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies for its domination of 18th- century colonial battles. How the island rose to become the world’s leader in sugarcane cultivation, an inspiration for the industrial revolution in the process.

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Church Street, Basseterre

Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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