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Annual Activities of parliament in 2021

About this questionnaire

In the first quarter of each year the IPU collects factual data from all parliaments on their annual activities during the previous year(s). This data is published in the Parline database on national parliaments (

This questionnaire collects data for the year 2021. It contains 14 routine questions about annual activities, such as the number of days the parliament met, the number of laws passed etc.

In addition, parliaments are requested to review, update and complete answers to 17 questions on ‘Openness & Transparency’ in parliamentary working methods.

This and other data in the Parline database underpins analysis that supports IPU's Strategic objectives and monitoring the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda via SDGs 5.5.1 and 16.7.1.

The questionnaire is available in English, French and Spanish. We expect that the questionnaire should take around 4-6 hours to complete, depending on how easily available the information is. When completing the questionnaire, we recommend that parliaments:
  1. consult past data reported via your parliament’s Parline page
  2. consult FAQs which provide guidance and real examples of answers
  3. consult model questionnaires
  4. contact for any further clarifications
Parliaments are kindly requested to complete the questionnaire by 9 May 2022. The preferred method is to complete the questionnaire online here. Alternatively, parliaments may complete the questionnaire in Word (download here) and return it to

This questionnaire has been sent to the Parline Correspondent in each parliament, with copy to the parliament’s IPU Group. Parliaments that have not yet designated a Parline Correspondent are requested to do so at the earliest opportunity.

More information about Parline Correspondents is available at along with a ‘Checklist’ of what Parline updates should be reported and when, as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining to this questionnaire and others.

Questions 1-8 & 15-22 are applicable to the entire parliament, whether unicameral or bicameral. For others, space is provided to report data for each chamber of a bicameral parliament.

Please provide data for the calendar year (1 January to 31 December), whenever possible. If it is not possible to provide data for the calendar year, please specify the reference period (for example, 1 April to 31 March) in the Notes field at the end of the questionnaire. Any other supporting information can also be provided in this Notes field. If the supporting information refers to a specific question, please indicate the question number.

"Comments" provide a space for further explanation/information and are optional.

About Parline
Parline is a unique and free source of comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date reference information on parliaments around the world. IPU depends on parliaments to regularly supply information and updates to ensure shared responsibility for Parline and the integrity of the data it houses. It provides parliaments, academics, students, international organizations, the media and many other database users with a comparative perspective on the composition and working methods of parliaments. Data is frequently used for research, correspondence, and briefing purposes. It is the official source of data for SDG indicators 5.5.1 and 16.7.1(a).

For more information about Parline, please visit the “About” page or contact Ms. Addie Erwin at