This time debate focused on proposed cuts to police budgets and how authorities cooperate in the protection of children -- the latter sparked by the recent murder of a young girl in Helsinki.
Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen said there must be zero tolerance for violence against children.
However most of the six-party government's 19 ministers were away, either because of travel or illness. The debate was moderated by a deputy speaker and the MPs most noted for delivering stinging or witty comments held their tongues.
Help for the hearing-impaired
Thursday's Question Time was historic, though, in that the TV broadcast was for the first time interpreted into Finnish sign language. This marked the launch of a pilot project that runs through the end of the year. Two interpreters took 10-minute turns to interpret the politicians' speeches.
Question Time is usually held every Thursday between 4 and 5pm while the legislature is in session. MPs can pose surprise questions on any topic to members of the cabinet, moderated by the Speaker of Parliament. Comments by MPs are limited to one minute each to ensure a lively, rapid-paced debate.
Yle's TV1 always broadcasts the sessions, which are surprisingly popular. Last spring's broadcasts attracted audiences of up to 400,000 viewers.
Latest in: News
STX Turku begins building TUI cruise liner
STX Turku had something to celebrate for a change, as the construction of a cruise liner for the German shipping company TUI kicked off at the shipyard.
Greens gather for party convention
This weekend, the Green League is holding its party convention in Helsinki and Espoo. Current chair Ville Niinistö is set to continue at the helm of the party.
More younger people, women and foreigners caught drink-driving
A new study shows an overall decline in driving under the influence -- and a change in the profile of those involved.
Pre Helsinki aims to uncover up-and-coming Finnish fashion designers
A new fashion event launched in the Finnish capital, Pre Helsinki, is aimed at raising the international profile of young home-grown designers.
Animal rights activists cleared of pig-farm video charges
Nearly all charges have been dropped against animal rights activists who secretly filmed cases of neglect at pork farms.
More Finnish kids opt to study English than native languages
English remains by far the most-studied foreign language in Finnish comprehensive schools.
Pussy Riot members to appear at Helsinki multicultural fest
The masked Russian activists will make a guest appearance with a Finnish band, as well as taking part in a public discussion forum.
Researcher: Schoolkids need more sleep
Finnish schoolchildren are suffering more disruption to their sleep, pain symptoms and concurrent multiple health problems, according to a doctoral dissertation presented on Friday at Turku University.
New ministers take their posts
The SDP’s ministerial rejig took effect on Friday, giving the cabinet a majority of women. Two new ministers joined the cabinet, two leave, and one changes post.
Research shows increased inbreeding in endangered wolf population
A doctoral dissertation presented on Friday at Oulu University has found that the Finnish wolf population has been hunted to such an extent that even its short-term viability is under threat. The genetic diversity of Finland’s wolves also decreased significantly during the 15-year study.