All international agreements have to be tabled. The process for the tabling of Section 231 (2) and Section 231 (3) agreements differs.
The tabling of Section 231 (3) agreements:
- Section 231 (3) agreements are those agreements that do not require parliamentary approval. These agreements usually enter into force upon signature.
- These agreements must be tabled in Parliament within a reasonable time after signature. A suitable time, in this case, is within one year.
The tabling of Section 231 (2) agreements:
- Section 231 (2) agreements are agreements requiring ratification or accession and in order to obtain the approval of Parliament to ratify or accede to agreements, agreements have to be tabled in Parliament.
Line-function departments are responsible for the tabling of agreements and should contact their parliamentary officers to obtain the correct procedures with regard to the tabling of papers.