Q. Consider the following statements regarding zero hour:
1.It is not mentioned in the Rules of Procedure.
2.It starts immediately after the question hour and lasts until the agenda for the day.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

Explanation: Unlike the question hour, the zero hour is not mentioned in the Rules of Procedure.

  • Thus, it is an informal device available to the members of the Parliament to raise matters without any prior notice.
  • The zero hour starts immediately after the question hour and lasts until the agenda for the day (ie, regular business of the House) is taken up.
  • In other words, the time gap between the question hour and the agenda is known as zero hour.
  • It is an Indian innovation in the field of parliamentary procedures and has been in existence since 1962.

Source: Laxmikanth Polity