House of CommonsShort guide to procedure and practice

Emergency debates

(See also Private Notice Questions.)

Under standing order No. 24, Members may seek the Speaker's leave on Mondays to Thursdays to apply for an adjournment debate on 'a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration'. If leave is given, a speech of not more than three minutes may be made after question time and statements; the Speaker then decides whether to submit the application to the House. If the House grants leave, a three-hour adjournment debate takes place, usually the following day. Requests should be made to the Speaker's Office by 12 noon (10.30 a.m. on Thursdays), or as soon as practicable after the urgency becomes known, declaring any relevant interests. Members are informed by the Speaker's Office if the Speaker is willing to hear the application.

Contact: Speaker's Office, 5301, 5300.


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