A Dutch minister had a lucky escape when a lamp crashed down from the ceiling of the parliament chamber and narrowly missed her.

Health minister Edith Schippers was leading a debate about health care reforms involving the chronically ill and handicapped when the lamp fell.

It smashed on a table right beside her. The near-miss left her so shaken that the debate was halted temporarily while she regained her composure and staff cleaned up the broken lamp.

Video images recorded during the debate did not capture the lamp falling, but registered a loud bang and showed Labour MP Jetta Klijnsma shriek and clasp her hand over her mouth in shock. Parliament spokesman Jos Jochemsen said it was not known why the lamp fell.

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