SEIMAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                              
                             STATUTE                                            
                   14 October 1993  No. I-276                                   
                             PART 7                                             
              SUPERVISORY ACTIVITIES OF THE SEIMAS                              
                                                                                
  Chapter 28. Accountability of the Government and other State                  
                     Officers to the Seimas                                     
                                                                                
     Article 242.  Within 2  workdays after  every sitting of the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania,  the number of copies of               
the decrees  and directives  adopted by  the Government which has               
been fixed by the Seimas Chancellor must be delivered to him. The               
Chancellor shall  distribute said copies among all the Committees               
and parliamentary groups.                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 243. At the request of the Seimas, the Government or               
individual   ministers must  account  to  the  Seimas  for  their               
respective activities.  The above  shall also  apply to  heads of               
other State  institutions who  are either appointed by the Seimas               
or for  whose appointment the approval of the Seimas is required,               
with the exception of courts.                                                   
     The invited  persons shall answer the questions posed by the               
Seimas members,  and shall  furnish other  information concerning               
their own  activities and  the activities   of  the  institutions               
subordinate to them.                                                            
     When drawing  up the  week's work  programme  of the Seimas,               
it shall  be established who of the State institution heads shall               
that week  answer the  question and interpellations of the Seimas               
members.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 244.  As a  rule, during  a session  of the  Seimas,               
members of  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall for               
the period  of 1  hour answer  questions of  the  Seimas  members               
submitted through the Secretariat of the sittings no later than 2               
workdays prior  to the  sitting. The  list of questions which are               
planned to  be answered  and the  sequence of  their presentation               
shall  be   established  by  the  Seimas  Speaker  and  shall  be               
distributed among the Seimas members before the sitting.                        
                                                                                
     Time permitting,  members of the Seimas may  ask the members               
of the  Government participating  in the  sitting other questions               
either orally or submit said questions in writing.                              
                                                                                
     Article 246. During a session of the Seimas, at least once a               
month, the State Controller and other heads of State institutions               
who are  either appointed  by the  Seimas  or  whose  appointment               
requires the  approval of  the  Seimas,  with  the  exception  of               
courts, must answer the questions submitted by the Seimas members               
in advance.  The procedure  for submitting  and  registering  the               
questions shall be as specified in Article 244.                                 
                                                                                
     Time permitting,  the  Seimas  members  may  ask  the  above               
officers other questions either orally or in writing.                           
                                                                                
     Article 247.  Criminal action  may not  be taken against the               
Prime Minister  or Ministers  or   judges, and said officials may               
not be  arrested, or  their liberty  may not  be in any other way               
restricted without  the   prior consent  of the Seimas or, in the               
period between  the sessions  of the  Seimas, without  the  prior               
consent of the President of the Republic.                                       
                                                                                
     Should a  motion be  submitted by  the Procurator General of               
the Republic  of  Lithuania  to  institute  criminal  proceedings               
against the  Prime Minister, an individual Minister or a judge, a               
                                                                                
commission of  inquiry shall  be formed  and other  acts shall be               
performed pursuant to Articles 147 and 148 of this Statute.                     
                                                                                
                   Chapter 29. Interpellations                                  
                                                                                
     Article 248.  A member  of the  Seimas or a group of members               
shall address  a written  interpellation to  the  member  of  the               
Government  or  any  other  head  of  State  institution  who  is               
appointed  by  the  Seimas  or  whose  appointment  requires  the               
approval of  the Seimas, with the exception of courts, requesting               
that the  officer present  information concerning  his activities               
and adopted decisions.                                                          
                                                                                
     Only a  question of  national  or  public  significance,  in               
respect whereof  a member  of the  Seimas or  a group  of  Seimas               
members have applied to State institutions but which question, in               
their opinion,  has not  been given due consideration or has been               
settled negatively,  shall be  considered as an interpellation. A               
question,  the   national  or   public  significance  whereof  is               
recognised by  the Seimas or the Seimas Board or a Committee or a               
parliamentary group, may also be considered as an interpellation.               
                                                                                
     Article 249.  The person  who submits an interpellation must               
name the  officer whom  he is  addressing and  specify whether he               
expects an  oral or  a  written reply. In the event that the form               
of reply is not specified, it shall be given in writing, shall be               
distributed to the Committees and parliamentary groups, and shall               
not be considered in the sitting of the Seimas.                                 
                                                                                
     The  Secretariat   of  the   sittings  shall   register  the               
interpellations and  hand them  over to  the Chancellor who shall               
notify the Seimas thereof and shall deliver the interpellation to               
the appropriate officer.                                                        
                                                                                
     The person  who submits  an interpellation  shall  have  the               
right to withdraw it at any time.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 250.  The period  whithin which a reply to a written               
interpellation must  be given may not be longer than 2 weeks and,               
during its  consideration in the Seimas sitting during a session,               
no longer  than 3  weeks from  the day  of  the  lodging  of  the               
interpellation.                                                                 
                                                                                
     In the  event that the officer to whom the interpellation is               
addressed cannot  reply within  the established  period, he  must               
give a  written substantiation  thereof and propose his own date,               
but no  later than by the end of the session. However, should the               
interpellators object to the substantiation, the consideration of               
the interpellation must be held at the fixed date.                              
                                                                                
     Article  251.  During  sessions,  interpellations  shall  be               
considered at  least twice a month at the sittings of the Seimas.               
Should at  least 1/5 of the Seimas members request  consideration               
of the  interpellation, the interpellation shall be considered in               
the mandatory manner.                                                           
                                                                                
     The list of interpellations shall be presented to the Seimas               
members no later than one day before the consideration thereof.                 
                                                                                
      The  interpellators (at  least one  repsesentative of them)               
must participate  in the  consideration of the interpellation. If               
the interpellator  is absent  from the sitting, the consideration               
of the interpellation shall be postponed or cancelled, should the               
interpellator be absent without prior notice.                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
     The interpellator  may not preside over the sitting in which               
his interpellation is considered.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 252.  An interpellation  shall be  considered at the               
sitting of the Seimas according to the following procedure:                     
                                                                                
     1) a  speech delivered  by the  interpellator (for  up to  5               
minutes);                                                                       
                                                                                
     2) a  reply given  by the officer to whom the interpellation               
is addressed (for up to 15 minutes); and                                        
                                                                                
     3) a  discussion, should it be requested by any Committee or               
parliamentary group. During the discussion, the floor shall, as a               
rule, be  granted in  turn to  those members  of the  Seimas  who               
approve of  the reply  to the  interpellation and  to  those  who               
object thereto.  No more  than 4  members of  the Seimas shall be               
granted the  floor, unless  the Seimas  decides  to  prolong  the               
discussion.                                                                     
                                                                                
     In the  event that  the interpellators are dissatisfied with               
the reply  to the  interpellation,  they  may  submit    a  draft               
resolution for  consideration in  the Seimas, in which resolution               
the Seimas shall evaluate the reply.                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
Chapter 30. Removal from Office of the Seimas officers and Heads                
                   of other State Institutions                                  
                                                                                
     Article 253.  A proposal  to remove  from  office  a  Seimas               
officer or  a head of a State institution who is appointed by the               
Seimas, with the exception of cases of institution of impeachment               
proceedings provided  for in the Constitution, must be considered               
when it is presented by a justified letter by the Seimas Board, a               
Committee, a  parliamentary group  or at  least 1/5 of the Seimas               
members. A  Committee may  not propose  to remove from office the               
Chairman of another Committee.                                                  
                                                                                
     The procedure for removing from office the State Controller,               
the Chairman  of the  Board of  the   Lithuanian  Bank  shall  be               
established in  the laws regulating the activities of these State               
institutions.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 254.  A petition  concerning the removal from office               
of an  officer shall  be filed  with the Seimas Chairman, whereas               
the petition  to remove  from office the Seimas Chairman shall be               
lodged with the Seimas Chancellor. Such petition must be announce               
in the next sitting of the Seimas.                                              
                                                                                
     The same  members of  the Seimas  may not repeatedly request               
during one session to remove from office the same officer.                      
                                                                                
     Article 255.  An officer  of the  Seimas, whose removal from               
office is under discussion, may not preside over the sitting.                   
                                                                                
     During the  discussion concerning the removal from office of               
an officer  of the  Seimas or  head of  a State  institution, the               
first person  to be granted the floor shall be the representative               
of the  initiators of removal from office (for up to 10 minutes),               
thereafter, the  floor shall  be granted  to  the  officer  whose               
removal  from  office  is  under  consideration  (for  up  to  30               
minutes). The  subsequent discussion  shall be  continued in  the               
general manner.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 256. The decision concerning the removal from office               
of the  Seimas officers  or heads  of State institutions shall be               
adopted by secret ballot by the majority vote of more than a half               
of all Seimas members.                                                          
                                                                                
        Chapter 31. Interpellations and Non-Confidence in the                   
                           Government                                           
                                                                                
     Article 257. During a session, a group of no less than 1/5                 
of the Seimas members may submit an interpellation to the Prime                 
Minister or an idividual minister requesting that said officers                 
elaborate on the motives of the decisions they have adopted and                 
on  the directions of their further activity from the point of                  
view of certain aspects of Government policy.                                   
                                                                                
      No  signature may be cancelled after the interpellation has               
been filed  with the  Seimas  Chancellor  who  shall  immediately               
register the  interpellation and  refer  it  to  the  appropriate               
member of the Government.                                                       
                                                                                
     The same  group of  the Seimas  members may  not  repeatedly               
interpellate  the  same  member  of  the  Government  during  one               
session.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 258. Upon receipt of interpellation, a member of the               
Government mutt  no later  than within  2 weeks deliver a written               
reply  to  the  Seimas  Speaker;  the  Seimas  members  shall  be               
familiarised with said reply.                                                   
                                                                                
     During  a   session,  upon   receiving   a   reply   to   an               
interpellation, the  Seimas must  consider it  at its  sitting no               
later than within 5 workdays.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 259.  An interpellation  shall be  considered at the               
sitting of the Seimas according to the following procedure:                     
                                                                                
     1) a  speech  by  the  representative  of  the  persons  who               
submitted the interpellation (for up to 10 minutes);                            
                                                                                
     2) a  reply by  the officer  who received the interpellation               
(for up to 30 minutes);                                                         
                                                                                
     3) replies  to the  questions posed by the Seimas members to               
the officer who received the interpellation;                                    
                                                                                
     4) a discussion during which, as a rule,  the floor shall be               
granted in  turn  both to those members of the Seimas who approve               
and those who object to the reply to the interpellation;                        
                                                                                
     5) the  final speech  of the  officer who  has received  the               
interpellation; and                                                             
                                                                                
     6) the  forming of  the drafting commission according to the               
requirements  set forth in Article 63 of this Statute for drawing               
up  the  draft  resolution  concerning  the  interpellation.  The               
members who submitted the interpellation must constitute at least               
1/3 of the commission  members.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article   260.    A   draft    resolution   concerning   the               
interpellation must  be presented to the Seimas for consideration               
no later  than on  the next day of sittings. The Seimas' approval               
or disapproval  of the  reply of the Prime Minister or individual               
minister may  be stated in the draft of the resolution concerning               
the interpellation.                                                             
                                                                                
     In the event that non-confidence in the Prime Minister or an               
individual minister  is declared  in the  draft resolution,  said               
draft may  be adopted by secret ballot by a majority vote of more               
than a  half of all the Seimas members. Should such resolution be               
adopted, the  Government in corpore or the individual minister in               
whom non-confidence has been declared must resign.                              
                                                                                
     Article 2601.  During a session of the Seimas, a group of no               
less than  1/5 of  the Seimas  members may  submit a  draft of  a               
justified resolution  wherein non-confidence in the Government is               
declared. Such  draft resolution  shall be considered in the same               
manner as an interepellation to the Prime Minister.                             
                                                                                
      Chapter 32. Ad Hoc Commissions of Control or Inquiry                      
                                                                                
     Article 261.  The ad  hoc commissions  of control or inquiry               
shall be  formed for  exercising ocontrol over the implementation               
of the  decisions of the Seimas, for collecting and presenting to               
the Seimas  information and conclusions required for dealing with               
a pending  problem and adopting a decision thereon, as well as in               
other cases provided for in this Statute.                                       
                                                                                
     Article  262.  The  right  of  initiative  to  form  ad  hoc               
commissions of  control or  inquiry shall be vested in the Seimas               
Board, Committees,  and parliamentary  groups, unless  in special               
cases  this  Statute  provides  otherwise.  The  initiators  must               
present to  the Seimas  a draft resolution concerning the forming               
of  an  ad  hoc  commission  of  control  or  inquiry,  in  which               
resolution the objective of forming the commission as well as its               
tasks and powers shall be specified.                                            
                                                                                
     The Seimas  Speaker must  notify the Prosecutor-General and,               
as necessary, the Government of the inititative to form an ad hoc               
commission of  control  or  inquiry.  If  the  Prosecutor-General               
notifies  in   writing  that   criminal  proceedings   have  been               
instituted in  connection with  the facts  which  determined  the               
initiative of  forming the  commission, such commission shall not               
be formed;  in the  event that  it has  already been  formed, its               
activities must be terminated by a decision of the Seimas.                      
                                                                                
     Article 263.  The ad  hoc commissions  of control or inquiry               
shall be  formed according  to the procedure set forth in Article               
63 of  this Statute  of no  less than 4 members and the chairman.               
The chairman of the commission shall be appointed by the Seimas.                
                                                                                
     For its work the commission may enlist an appropriate number               
of specialists.                                                                 
                                                                                
     The period  of work  of the ad hoc commissions of control or               
inquiry shall be up to 6 months.                                                
                                                                                
     Article 264.  The sittings  of the  ad  hoc  commissions  of               
control or  inquiry shall  be closed  to all  persons,  with  the               
exception of  those persons  are invited  and whose list shall be               
drawn up according to the requests of the commission members. The               
information collected  by the  commission during  its work period               
shall not be made public.                                                       
                                                                                
     The ad  hoc commissions of control or inquiry shall have the               
right to  request the enterprises, institutions and organisations               
present the  required  information  concerning  their  respective               
activities, the  officers of  the law  enforcement bodies and the               
prosecutor's office present documents and give evidence, and that               
any citizen of the Republic of Lithuania give evidence.                         
                                                                                
     Article 265.  Upon completing  the work it was charged with,               
upon having  collected and  generalised  the  data,  the  ad  hoc               
commission of  control or inquiry shall present to the Seimas the               
obtained conclusions and the prepared draft resolution.                         
                                                                                
     A resolution  shall be  adopted at the sitting of the Seimas               
concerning the  issue which  has been  considered by  the ad  hoc               
commission  of   control  or   inquiry.  Non-confidence   in  the               
Government, a  minister or  any other  head of  State institution               
appointed by  the Seimas,  with the  exception of  judges of  the               
Constitutional Court,  Supreme Court  and other  courts,  may  be               
declared  or   motions  concerning   the   proposed   impeachment               
proceedings may  be presented  in the  resolution. In the case of               
non-confidence, the requirements set forth in Articles 256 or 260               
shall apply.                                                                    
                                                                                
         Chapter 33. Control of State Budget Performance                        
                                                                                
     Article 266.  The general  permanent control of State Budget               
performance shall  be exercised  by the  Committee on  Budget and               
Finance.  Other   Committees  of   the  Seimas  may  control  the               
performance  of  the  Budget  chapters  which  are  within  their               
competence.                                                                     
                                                                                
     The State  Budget performance  shall be  considered  at  the               
sitting of  the Seimas  at least once in 6 months. In such event,               
the Government  and the  State Controller shall present the State               
Budget statement  for consideration. The Budget performance shall               
be considered  at the sittings of Committees at least three times               
during the performance period.                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 267. The Government shall prepare and by the 31st of               
March present  to the  Seimas Speaker  the State Budget statement               
for the  previous year.  Also, the  State Controller  must by the               
above date present to the Seimas Chancellor a report on the State               
Budget performance.                                                             
                                                                                
     The Seimas Chancellor shall within 2 workdays present copies               
of the above statement and of the State Controller's statement to               
the Committee  on  Budget  and  Finance,  other  Committees,  and               
parliamentary groups.                                                           
                                                                                
     The report of the Government on the State Budget performance               
statement shall be heard at the next sitting. Within 3 weeks from               
the sitting  the  Committees  shall  consider  the  State  Budget               
performance statement and prepare conclusions.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 268.  The State Budget performance statement must be               
considered at  the sitting of the Seimas no later than by the 1st               
of May.                                                                         
                                                                                
     A report of the Committee on Budget and Finance, conclusions               
of other  Committees shall  be heard  at the  sitting.  Upon  the               
completion of  discussions, a resolution of the Seimas concerning               
the performance of the State Budget shall be adopted.                           
                                                                                
     Article  269.  In  the  event  that  the  statement  is  not               
approved, the  Seimas  shall  decide  the  issue  concerning  the               
restoration  of   legality  of   revenues  or   expenditures.  An               
appropriate resolution  shall be  prepared for the purpose, and a               
vote on  the non-confidence  in the  Government or its individual               
members may  be taken  according to  the procedure established in               
Article 260 of this Statute.                                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
Speaker of the Seimas                   Ceslovas Jursenas                       
Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania