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Basis of the question

You are responsible for the factual basis of your questions. Questions must not be based on unsubstantiated media reports, rumours or improbable suppositions.

Questions should seek information, not provide it. It may be necessary to set out the facts on which a question is based within the question itself, but this should be done as briefly as possible.

Extracts from newspapers or books, and paraphrases of or quotations from speeches are not admissible. Similarly, questions must not seek confirmation that something is the case when there is no reason to believe otherwise, or ask a minister whether they are aware of a particular fact, report or situation.

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