Bill for a smaller parliament

The government will be sending a bill to the House of Representatives to decrease the number of MPs in both the House and the Senate.

The government would like to reduce the House from 150 to 100 members and the Senate from 75 to 50 members. According to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, this is in keeping with its aim to bring about more compact and effective government.

Such a far-reaching change will not happen overnight, of course. It will require a constitutional amendment. This means that the bill must be given two readings in parliament, with a parliamentary election in between. Upon its second reading, the bill must achieve a two-thirds majority vote in both houses.