The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at
half-past two o'clock and will first proceed with private
business, motions for unopposed returns and questions.
||Sittings of the House.
| (2) No motion for
the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday
or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement
of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save
as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment
on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration),
no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such
a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices
of motions shall have been entered upon.
| (3) At ten o'clock
on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings
on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise
provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted
business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee,
the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and
ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for
the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included
in a motion to be made after the interruption of business
under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business)),
or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report
progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.
| (4) On the interruption
of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if
proceedings under Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate)
be then in progress, the Speaker or the chairman shall not
leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and
any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 36
(Closure of debate), have been decided.
| (5) An order of
the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting
shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House
ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may
appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination
of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order
has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand
over until the next sitting.
| (6) After the business
under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no
opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing
Order No. 15 (Exempted business).
| (7) The House shall
not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by
the Speaker in pursuance of Standing Order No. 46 (Power of
the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting):
| Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock in the evening the Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.
The House shall meet on Wednesdays at half-past nine o'clock
and shall between that hour and two o'clock proceed with a
motion for the adjournment of the House made by a Minister
of the Crown.
| (2) Save as provided
in paragraphs (3) and (4) below, the subjects for debate on
the said motion shall be chosen by ballot under arrangements
made by the Speaker; and no subject shall be raised without
| (3) On the last Wednesday before any adjournment of the House for more than four days, the subject for debate on the said motion until half-past twelve o'clock shall be 'matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment'.
| (4) On not more
than three Wednesdays in each session to be appointed by the
Speaker, the subject or subjects for debate on the said motion
until half-past twelve o'clock shall be select committee reports
chosen by the Liaison Committee.
| (5) Not more than two subjects shall be raised before half-past twelve o'clock, and not more than three between that hour and two o'clock.
| (6) A motion for
the adjournment of the House not disposed of at two o'clock
shall lapse and the sitting shall be suspended until half-past
two o'clock; the House will then proceed with private business,
motions for unopposed returns and questions; no subsequent
motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made until
all the questions asked at the commencement of public business
have been disposed of; and, save as provided in paragraph
(1) of Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on a specific and
important matter that should have urgent consideration), no
Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a
motion before the orders of the day or notices of motions
shall have been entered upon.
The House shall meet on Fridays at half-past nine o'clock,
and will first proceed with private business, petitions, and
motions for unopposed returns.
| (2) Standing Orders
No. 9 (Sittings of the House) and No. 15 (Exempted business)
shall apply to the sittings on Fridays with
(a) the omission of paragraph (1) of Standing Order
No. 9; and
(b) the substitution of references
to half-past two o'clock for references to ten o'clock
in relation to the interruption of business; and
(c) the substitution of reference
to half-past three o'clock for reference to eleven o'clock
in relation to proceedings on nomination of members of
departmental select committees.
| (3) In the application
of Standing Order No. 17 (Delegated legislation (negative
procedure)) to the sittings on Fridays there shall be substituted
references to four o'clock for references to half-past eleven
| (4) At eleven
o'clock the Speaker may interrupt the proceedings in order
to permit questions to be asked which are in his opinion of
an urgent character and relate either to matters of public
importance or to the arrangement of business, statements to
be made by Ministers, or personal explanations to be made
| (5) If the House
is in committee at eleven o'clock, on an occasion when the
Speaker's intention to permit such questions, statements or
explanations has been made known, the chairman shall leave
the chair without putting any question, and report that the
committee have made progress and ask leave to sit again.
| (6) The House,
when it meets on Friday, shall, at its rising, stand adjourned
until the following Monday without any question being put.
The House shall not sit on ten Fridays in each session to
be appointed by the House.
||House not to sit on certain Fridays.
| (2) If a motion to appoint such Fridays is made by a Minister of the Crown the question thereon shall be put forthwith and may be decided at any hour, though opposed.
| (3) At its rising
on the Thursday before each of the Fridays so appointed the
House shall stand adjourned till the following Monday without
any question being put, unless it shall have resolved otherwise.
| (4) Unless the
House shall have resolved to adjourn otherwise than from the
previous Thursday to the following Monday, the Fridays so
appointed shall be treated as sitting days for the purpose
of calculating any period under any order of the House and
for the purposes of paragraph (8) of Standing Order No. 22
(Notices of questions, motions and amendments) and of Standing
Order No. 64 (Notices of amendments, &c., to bills); and
on such Fridays
(a) notices of questions may be given by Members
to the Table Office, and
(b) notices of amendments
to bills, new clauses and new schedules and of amendments
to Lords amendments may be received by the Public Bill
| between eleven o'clock and three o'clock.
Whenever the House stands adjourned and it is represented
to the Speaker by Her Majesty's Ministers that the public
interest requires that the House should meet at a time earlier
than that to which the House stands adjourned, the Speaker,
if he is satisfied that the public interest does so require,
may give notice that, being so satisfied, he appoints a time
for the House to meet, and the House shall accordingly meet
at the time stated in such notice.
||Earlier meeting of House in certain circumstances.
| (2) The government
business to be transacted on the day on which the House shall
so meet shall, subject to the publication of notice thereof
in the order paper to be circulated on the day on which the
House shall so meet, be such as the government may appoint,
but subject as aforesaid the House shall transact its business
as if it had been duly adjourned to the day on which it shall
so meet, and any government order of the day and government
notices of motions that may stand on the order book for any
day shall be appointed for the day on which the House shall
| (3) In the event
of the Speaker being unable to act owing to illness or other
cause, the Chairman of Ways and Means, or either Deputy Chairman,
shall act in his stead for the purposes of this order.