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February 2011

 File n°65 

The Internet site of the National Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Key Points

    The Communication and Multimedia Department of the National Assembly has had a public internet site since 1996: www.assemblee-nationale.fr.

    This site publishes all parliamentary proceedings (more than one million files and 60 giga-octets of data, not including video) as well as information concerning M.P.s, the various bodies of the National Assembly and the European and international activities of the National Assembly. It broadcasts all public debates live.

    Its architecture is composed of one section devoted to each term of Parliament. Each section is in the shape of a pyramid, at the top of which is a home page. From this page the netsurfer may surf either directly to a recent document given in two formats, HTML and PDF, or may surf through several thematic headings towards lists of documents classified by number or date of publication.

    The pages covering parliamentary proceedings and those giving the biography of each M.P. are produced by databases provided by all the legislative departments of the National Assembly. The overall up-dating of the site is carried out every night. New publications are placed on-line throughout the day.

    The site also includes general information pages on parliamentary law and on the history of the buildings. It also hosts a site for young people.

    In 2008, more than 700,000 internet users visited it every month. In all, 74 million pages have been viewed.

See also file 63

 

    I. – PUBLICATION OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS

    1. – Public debates

    From the home page of the site, the netsurfer may access the agendas, calendars and minutes of the debates of the National Assembly and of its committees and commissions. The provisional minutes of a plenary sitting are placed on-line during the sitting and the official minutes are online on the same or the following day.

    2. – Legislation

    The internet site of the National Assembly relates the entire adoption procedure for laws passed by Parliament and for resolutions passed by the National Assembly. It publishes all parliamentary documents produced during these procedures: Government bills, members’ bills, legislative reports, results of votes and bills adopted.

    For each Parliament, it provides a legislative file in which each bill may be followed from its original tabling to its final adoption by means of a specific interactive folder.

    3. – Monitoring the Government

    A search engine grants access to written questions and ministerial replies since 1981. All M.P.s’ questions and parliamentary replies since 1958 are available in PDF format. Pictures of Government question time are also archived.

    The site publishes the information reports of the committees and commissions of the National Assembly, as well as those of its fact-finding missions, offices and its parliamentary commissions of inquiry.

    II. – NOTES ON AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF M.P.S

    The notes on and photographs of M.P.s are placed on line and archived under each term of Parliament. Each file relates the biography, terms and work of the M.P. (questions, Member’s bills, motions, reports, speeches during the plenary sitting and committee meetings) and provides the opportunity of writing to him and visiting his personal site. During an electoral period the links between this site and the M.P.s’ personal site are suspended.

    III. – EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

    The Constitution has provided the Parliament with a mission to monitor European legislative procedure. Thus the site of the National Assembly publishes the work, minutes and information reports of the European Affairs Committee which follows the procedures for the drawing-up of European law as well as documents relating to resolutions adopted by the National Assembly on bills emanating from European Union bodies.

    The international activities of the National Assembly which are announced in a weekly diary, lead to the publication of numerous documents on the site. These include reports of friendship groups, proceedings of symposiums or speeches.

    IV. – EVENTS AT THE PALAIS BOURBON

    Events or exhibitions which take place at the National Assembly are announced and illustrated on the site.

    V. – ARCHIVES OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS

    In 2008, to mark the 50th anniversary of the first sitting of the National Assembly under the Fifth Republic, all the minutes of plenary sittings, all written questions and the corresponding analytical and nominative tables from the archives, as well as the legislative files of the last terms of Parliament, i.e. around 350,000 paper pages, were placed on-line on the internet site.

    VI. – INTERACTIVE SERVICES

    1. – Portal to other sites

    The home page of the internet site of the National Assembly grants access to the site of the programmes broadcasted by the parliamentary channel (LCP-National Assembly) as well as to the interactive Children’s Parliament site. The latter allows those classes who participate to publish on-line the work they have carried out in the preparation of the Children’s Parliament.

    2. – General Information

    The role, the working and the history of the National Assembly are described on interactive pages or by more complete texts. The works in the collection “Connaissance de l’Assemblée” (“Getting to Know the National Assembly”) are also reproduced. A virtual visit of the Palais Bourbon is also provided as well as an organization chart and a journey through the various departments. The mechanisms for the recruitment of parliamentary civil servants are updated with each new competitive examination.

    One section deals with practical information allowing citizens to access or visit the National Assembly as well as to attend a debate in the public gallery.

    The plan of the site, as well as the main sections, are provided in four languages: English, German, Italian and Spanish.

    3. – Weekly newsletter and publications List

    A weekly newsletter, “This Week at the National Assembly” is published by the Communication and Multimedia Information Department and is sent each week to subscribers to inform them of the work of the National Assembly in the upcoming week.

    Publications lists (one of which is given over to the European activities of the Assembly), by subscription, allow subscribers to receive the list of documents which have just been published on the site, every day of sitting. A hypertext link means that subscribers can access it directly. It has almost 20 000 subscribers.

    4. – Document search

    Several search engines, in full text or by reference, allow netsurfers to search the whole site, as well as certain sections or collections of documents which they have pre-selected. Several collections of statistics on the make-up of the National Assembly and the number of its proceedings are published each session.

    VII. – TECHNICAL PRESENTATION

    The conception and maintenance of the site are carried out by the multimedia team in the Communication and Multimedia Information Department and by the Information Systems Department of the National Assembly.

    A general update of the pages published is systematically carried out every day around 7am, preceded by an update of the information provided by the different databases of the information system.

    Specific updates are also carried out regularly during the day, depending on the agenda, the availability of the most frequently requested documents and the progress of the proceedings in plenary sitting. Thus it is possible to consult an updated version of the minutes of debates all along the sitting.

    The internal production site is duplicated outside the National Assembly and is accessible on the web via a host transmission server which is managed by a company chosen after tender. The radio and televised broadcasting of the plenary sitting is hosted separately.

    The on-line information on the site of the National Assembly is public. The reproduction of the contents of the site pages may be authorized, particularly for publishers and those transmitting public data, by prior written request, and on the condition of mentioning the source, not infringing intellectual property rights and respecting the integrity of the documents reproduced. In no case may this information be used for commercial or advertising reasons without the express agreement of the National Assembly.