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Standing Orders of the House of Commons
Public Business 1997


The Speaker
1.Election of the Speaker

Deputy Speaker and Chairmen
2.Deputy Chairmen
3.Deputy Speaker
4.Chairmen's Panel

Members (Introduction and Seating)
5.Affirmation in lieu of oath
6.Time for taking the oath
7.Seats not to be taken before prayers
8.Seats secured at prayers

Sittings of the House
9.Sittings of the House
10.Wednesday sittings
11.Friday sittings
12.House not to sit on certain Fridays
13.Earlier meeting of House in certain circumstances

Arrangement and Timing of Public and Private Business
14.Arrangement of public business
15.Exempted business
16.Proceedings under an Act or on European Community documents
17.Delegated legislation (negative procedure)
18.Consideration of draft deregulation orders
19.New writs
20.Time for taking private business

Notices of Questions, etc.
21.Time for taking questions
22.Notices of questions, motions and amendments

Motions for Bills and Select Committees
23.Motions for leave to bring in bills and nomination of select committees at commencement of public business

Motions for the Adjournment of the House
24.Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration
25.Periodic adjournments

Orders of the Day
26.Orders of the day to be read without question put
27.Order of disposing of orders of the day

Rules of Debate
29.Powers of chair to propose question
30.Debate on motion for the adjournment of the House
31.Questions on amendments
32.Selection of amendments
33.Calling of amendments at end of debate
34.Debate on dilatory motion
35.Dilatory motion in abuse of rules of House
36.Closure of debate
37.Majority for closure or for proposal of question

38.Procedure on divisions
40.Division unnecessarily claimed

Order of the House
42.Irrelevance or repetition
43.Disorderly conduct
44.Order in debate
45.Members suspended, &c., to withdraw from precincts
46.Power of the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting
47.Short speeches

Public Money
48.Recommendation from Crown required on application relating to public money
49.Certain proceedings relating to public money
50.Procedure upon bills whose main object is to create a charge upon the public revenue
51.Ways and means motions
52.Money resolutions and ways and means resolutions in connection with Bills
53.Application of public money standing orders to private bills, &c.
54.Consideration of estimates
55.Questions on voting of estimates, &c.
56.Consolidated Fund Bills

Public Bills
57.Presentation and first reading
58.Consolidation Bills
59.Law Commission Bills
60.Tax simplification bills
61.Bills which are prima facie hybrid
62.Amendment on second or third reading
63.Committal of bills
64.Notices of amendments, &c., to bills
65.Amendments in committee
66.Committee of whole House on bill
67.Postponement of preamble
68.Debate on clause or schedule standing part
69.Procedure on offer of new clause
70.When chairman leaves chair without question put
71.Report of bill from committee of whole House
72.Consideration of bill as amended in committee of whole House
73.Report of bills committed to standing committees
74.Re-committal of bill
75.Amendments on report
76.Debate on bill reported from standing committee
77.Third reading
78.Lords amendments
79.Pecuniary penalties
80.Privilege (bills brought from the Lords)
81.Temporary laws
82.Business Committee
83.Allocation of time to bills

Standing Committees
84.Constitution of standing committees
85.Chairmen of standing committees
86.Nomination of standing committees
87.Attendance of law officers and ministers in standing committees
88.Meetings of standing committees
89.Procedure in standing committees
90.Second reading committees
91.Special standing committees
92.Consideration on report of certain bills by a standing committee
93.Scottish Grand Committee (composition and business)
94.Scottish Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)
95.Scottish Grand Committee (short debates)
96.Scottish Grand Committee (ministerial statements)
97.Scottish Grand Committee (bills in relation to their principle)
98.Scottish Grand Committee (delegated legislation)
99.Scottish Grand Committee (substantive motions for the adjournment)
100.Scottish Grand Committee (sittings)
101.Scottish Standing Committees
102.Welsh Grand Committee (composition and business)
103.Welsh Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)
104.Welsh Grand Committee (short debates)
105.Welsh Grand Committee (ministerial statements)
106.Welsh Grand Committee (bills)
107.Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)
108.Welsh Grand Committee (sittings)
109.Northern Ireland Grand Committee (composition and business)
110.Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)
111.Northern Ireland Grand Committee (short debates)
112.Northern Ireland Grand Committee (ministerial statements)
113.Northern Ireland Grand Committee (bills in relation to their principle)
114.Northern Ireland Grand Committee (legislative proposals and other matters relating exclusively to Northern Ireland)
115.Northern Ireland Grand Committee (delegated legislation)
116.Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)
117.Standing Committee on Regional Affairs
118.Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation
119.European Standing Committees
120.Business sub-committees

Select Committees
121.Nomination of select committees
122.Lists of Members serving on select committees
123.Sittings of committees
124.Quorum of select committee
125.Strangers (select committees)
126.Withdrawal of Members from meetings of select committees
127.Withdrawal of documents before select committee
128.Entry on minutes of proceedings of select committee
129.Minutes of proceedings to be laid on the Table
130.Entry on minutes of evidence of select committee
131.Entry of questions asked
132.Administration of oath in select committee
133.Power to report opinion and observations
134.Select committees (reports)
135.Witnesses and evidence (select committees)
136.Publication of evidence (select committees)
137.Select committees (adjournment of the House)
138.Members (attendance at Lords select committees)
139.Select Committee on Broadcasting
140.Joint Committee on Consolidation, &c., Bills
141.Deregulation Committee
142.Domestic Committees
143.Select Committee on European Legislation
144.Finance and Services Committee
145.Liaison Committee
146.Select Committee on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
147.Procedure Committee
148.Committee of Public Accounts
149.Committee on Standards and Privileges
150.Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
151.Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
152.Select committees related to government departments

Public Petitions
153.Presentation of petitions
154.Time and manner of presenting petitions
155.Petition as to present personal grievance
156.Printing of petitions and of ministerial replies
157.Petitions against imposition of tax

Parliamentary Papers
158.Presentation of command papers
159.Presentation of statutory instruments
160.Notification in respect of certain statutory instruments

161.Duties of Serjeant at Arms with respect to strangers
162.Places to which strangers are not admitted
163.Withdrawal of strangers from House

AppendixResolutions relating to sub judice


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