Parliament

National Department Budget for 2015-16

Vote purpose

Provide the support services required by Parliament to fulfil its constitutional functions, assist political parties represented in Parliament to secure administrative support and service constituents, and provide members of Parliament with the necessary facilities.

Mandate

The mandate of Parliament is based on the provisions of chapter 4 in the Constitution, which establishes Parliament and sets out the functions it performs. Parliament is elected to represent the people, to ensure government by the people under the Constitution, and to represent the provinces in the national sphere of government. It does this by electing the president, providing a national forum for public consideration of issues, passing legislation, and scrutinising and overseeing executive action.