PARLIAMENTARY speeches will have to be shorter, punchier and to the point, following changes being proposed to the rules of the House.

Instead of 30 minutes, Members of Parliament are to be given 20 minutes to make their speeches or to ask questions.

The cut in the time limit applies to office-holders, too.

Ministers, ministers of state and parliamentary secretaries, when replying to questions, will be given 40 minutes - down from the one hour they currently have.

This is a key change proposed by the Standing Orders Committee in its report released yesterday.

Chaired by Speaker Abdullah Tarmugi, the 10-member committee periodically reviews the rules that govern parliamentary proceedings and conduct.

Less speech time for MPs