Questions shall be taken on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Thursdays, after private business and motions for unopposed
returns have been disposed of.
||Time for taking questions.
| (2) No question
shall be taken after halfpast three o'clock, except
questions which have not appeared on the order paper but which
are in the Speaker's opinion of an urgent character and relate
either to matters of public importance or to the arrangement
| (3) Any
questions tabled for written answer on a day on which the
House does not sit by reason of the continuance of a previous
sitting shall be deemed to be questions for written answer
on the next sitting day and shall appear on the order paper
for that day.
Notices of questions shall be given by Members in writing
to the Table Office.
||Notices of questions, motions and amendments.
| (2) A notice of
a question, or of an amendment to a motion standing on the
order paper for which no day has been fixed or of the addition
of a name in support of such a motion or amendment, which
is given after halfpast ten o'clock in the evening shall
be treated for all purposes as if it were a notice handed
in after the rising of the House.
| (3) A Member shall indicate on the notice of any question whether it is for oral or written answer and a Member may indicate a date for answer of a question for written answer in accordance with paragraph (4) of this order.
| (4) Where a Member has indicated that a question is for written answer on a named day the Minister shall cause an answer to be given to the Member on the date for which notice has been given, provided that the requirement of notice shall be the same for such questions as that prescribed in this order for questions for oral answer.
| (5) Notice of a question for oral answer may not be given on a day earlier than ten sitting days before the day for answer, provided that, where that earliest day would otherwise fall on a Friday, the earliest day on which such notice may be given will instead be the previous sitting day.
| (6) Notice of any question for oral answer must appear at latest on the notice paper circulated two days (excluding Saturday and Sunday) before that on which an answer is desired.
| (7) When it is
proposed that the House shall adjourn for a period of fewer
than four days, any day during that period (other than a Saturday
or Sunday) shall be counted as a sitting day for the purpose
of calculating the period in paragraph (5) of this order.
| (8) When it is
proposed that the House should adjourn for a period of more
than three days the Speaker shall cause to have printed and
circulated with the Vote a memorandum superseding the provisions
of paragraphs (5) and (6) of this order, provided that each
day named as the earliest on which notice of a question for
oral answer may be given shall as far as practicable fall
on the same day of the week as that on which the question
is to be answered; and also setting out the latest day for
notice of questions for oral answer on each of the first two
sitting days following that adjournment, provided that each
such day shall not be fewer than two days (excluding Saturday
and Sunday) before the day for answer.