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House of Representatives

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About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parlement fédéral - Federaal Parlement - Föderales Parlament (Federal Parliament)
Chamber name
Chambre des Représentants (House of Representatives)
Structure & Status of parliament This field is to indicate lower/upper in the back end.
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1889-01
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Twelve Plus Group


Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
President of the House of Representatives
Siegfried Bracke (Male)
Year of birth
Additional information
Elected on 14 Oct. 2014, re-elected on 13 Oct. 2015, on 11 Oct. 2016, on 10 Oct. 2017 and 9 Oct. 2018.

Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Secretary General
Secretary general
Marc Van der Hulst (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
1 Oct. 2016 -


Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
38% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
53,752 See historical data for this field.


Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Yoleen Van Camp (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Oldest member
Francis Delpérée (Male)
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 3 40 31 20 44 11 1 0 0
Total <= 45: 74 Total >= 46: 76
Male 0 2 19 21 11 30 8 1 0 0 92
Female 0 1 21 10 9 14 3 0 0 0 58
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger2%1.33%0.67%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger28.67%14%14.67%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger49.33%28%21.33%
Members for whom data is available

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Quotas de candidats inscrits dans la loi. Sur les listes électorales, le nombre de candidats d’un sexe ne peut être supérieur à l’autre. La même règle vaut pour la liste des suppléants. Les deux premiers candidats sur les listes des candidats et celles des suppléants ne peuvent être du même sexe.
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.