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Thursday debate lasted 15 hours and ended on Friday morning 

Mark Rutte, the prime minister, during the parliament meeting on Thursday, has stressed that he is not proud of the comments he gave about critical MPs in cabinet meetings. 

This debate started on Thursday and after 15 hours ended on Friday morning. Parlament spends some minutes debating about one meeting in 2019, in which MPs were criticized with probing questions about the child benefit tax office scandal. This scandal was exposed by a small group of MPs,  who asked ministers and called them for total transparency.

Trying to defraud the childcare benefits system between the years 2012 – 2017, thousands of families were accused wrongly. 

Alexandra van Huffelen, tax minister, told MPs that the scandal has not been resolved yet. Due to the compensation of €30,000, half the parents would have their money before the start of the month, because of the complexity of the issue. Around 25,600 parents got registered for compensation, and 11,000 of them will have the money before May 1. 

The debate was about apologies and resolutions to do better

In general, this debate was about apologies, resolutions to do better, and reflection, which ended with the adoption of a GoenLinks and PvdA motion calling for a new administrative culture in The Hague, said broadcaster NOS. 

It was a therapeutic debate, a sort of cleansing ritual,” said Wilma Borgmand, NOS political correspondent. ”It was plaster on the political wounds,” he continued. 

On the other hand, the Volkskrant said in a statement that the controversial minutes were painful for the entire cabinet, not just Mark Rutte, he also added that all the government parties rallied behind the prime minister who had done nothing improper. 

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