The Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs is the only one of the Storting’s twelve permanent committees which may initiate its own matters for consideration.
The committee’s remit:
- ensuring that the Government and the public administration implements the decisions made in the Storting
- reports, documents and other matters from the Office of the Auditor General, the Parliamentary Ombud, the Norwegian Parliamentary Intelligence Oversight Committee (EOS Committee), the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution, and the Parliamentary Ombud’s Committee for the Armed Forces
- proposed amendments to the Constitution
- election legislation
The committee is also responsible for reviewing the records of proceedings of the Council of State and the Government’s annual report on how it has followed up decisions made in the Storting. In addition, the committee deals with matters where the Storting is to consider the extent to which constitutional responsibility shall be asserted, i.e. matters that may result in impeachment.
The committee’s own enquiries
The committee may conduct its own enquiries within the public administration to check whether government policy accords with the Storting’s decisions and intentions.
A minimum of one-third of the committee’s members must support the decision to initiate an enquiry. Since the committee consists of 10 members, this means that at least four members must vote in favour of such a proposal.
List of committee members
Kontroll- og konstitusjonskomiteen
P.O. Box 1700 Sentrum
Ms Hanne Koll Larssen
Telephone: +47 23 31 31 64
Mr Thomas Dam
Telephone: +47 23 31 31 56
Ms Anita Sofie Midtsand
Telephone: +47 23 31 37 58