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Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Public Business 2002- continued
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[References are to Standing Order numbers and Appendix pages]

Accommodation and Works Committee, 142
Act of Parliament, proceedings under, length of debate, 16

    amendments tabled during, 64
      half-hour, 9(7)
      Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 116(5)
      scope of
        references to legislation, 30
        urgent debate, 24(6)
      Scottish Grand Committee,99, 100(6)
      urgent specific and important matter, 24
      Wednesday mornings, 10, 145(1)(c)
      Welsh Grand Committee, 108(5)
    dilatory motion, 34,35
    disorder, by Speaker because of, 46
    earlier meeting during, 13
    Friday to Monday, 11(6)
    motion lapses at moment of interruption, 9(3)
    papers presented during, 158,159
    periodic, 25
    questions, effect on notice period, 22(7)–(8)
    select committees
      reports &c. during, 137
      sittings during, 123
    Thursday to Monday, 12(3)
    when movable, 9(2), 10(6)
    without question put, 9(7)
Administration Committee, 142
Affirmation, 5,6
    select committee witnesses, 132

Allocation of time orders, 83

    Business Committee, 82
    business sub-committees, 120
    programming of bills, Appendix

Allotted Days:


    bills, to
      powers of committees to consider, 65
      receipt of during adjournment, 64
      report stage, when authorisation required, 75
      third reading, must be merely verbal, 77
    early day motions, to, receipt of, 22(2)
    Lords, 78
      pecuniary penalties, and, 79
    non-sitting Fridays, tabled on, 12(4)
    Queen's Speech debate, at end of, 33
    question to be proposed on, 31
    selection of, 32
    Speaker's election, not allowed, 1B(14)
    standing committees, referred to, 89(3)(a)

Anticipation rule, 28
Appropriation Bills, proceedings on, 56

    committal procedure does not apply, 63(1)
    election of Speaker, 1B
    private Members' bills, 14(6)

Bills, Hybrid, 61
Bills, Private

    committees, service of suspended Member on, 45(2)
    pecuniary penalties, &c., imposed by Lords, 79
    public money standing orders, and, 53
    when taken, 9(1), 10(6), 11(1), 20

Bills, Provisional Order

    committal procedure does not apply, 63(1)
    hybridity rules do not apply, 61
    public money standing orders, and, 53
Bills, Public. See also Committee of the whole House
    allocation of time to, 83
    amendments. See under Amendments,
    clause or schedule standing part, debate on, 68
    clause, new, 69
    committal 63
      motions subject to selection, 32(4)
    committees' powers to consider amendments, 65
    consideration on report. See subheading report stage
    Consolidated Fund or Appropriation, proceedings on, 56
      committal procedure does not apply, 63(1)
    consolidation, 58
      joint committee, 140
    Examiners, referred to, 61
    first reading, 57
    hybrid, 61
    introduction of, 57
    Law Commission bills, 59
    long title amended, 65
    Lords, brought from, 57(3)
      pecuniary penalties, 79
      private Members, by, 14(7)(c)
      privilege, 80
      public charge, creating, 50(2)
    Lords amendments 78
      pecuniary penalties, 79
    money and ways and means resolutions on, 52
    presentation, 57
    printing 57
    private Members'
    programming, Appendix
    proposal of question, motions for, 29
    public charge as main purpose, 50
    recommittal, 72, 74
      motions subject to selection, 32(4)
    report stage
      amendments requiring authorisation, 75
      as amended in committee of whole House, 71, 72
      standing committee, bills reported from, 73
        speaking twice, 76
      standing committee, referred for consideration in, 92
    Scottish, 97
      standing committees, see Committees, standing: Scottish
    second reading
      amendments to question for, 62
        amendment to leave out 'now', 31(1)
      bill considered in Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 113
      bill considered in Scottish Grand Committee, 97(6)
      bill considered in Welsh Grand Committee, 106
    second reading committee, 90
      Law Commission bills, 59
      tax simplification bills, 60
    special standing committee, 91
    tax simplification, 60
      committal procedure does not apply, 63(1)
      committee discharged, 60(8), 66
      joint committee, 152C
    temporary laws, duration to be specified, 81
    third reading
      amendments to bill must be merely verbal, 77
      amendments to question, 62
        amendment to leave out 'now', 31(1)
      bill considered in Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 113
      bill considered in Scottish Grand Committee, 97
    Wales, relating to,
      standing committee composition, 86(2)(ii), 92(2)(proviso)
      Welsh Grand Committee, and, 106
    ways and means resolution, brought in on, exempted, 15(1)(a)

Broadcasting, Select Committee on, 139
Budget Day, and ten-minute rule bills, 23(3)
Business Committee, 82

Business of the House. See also Private Business

Business Sub-Committees, 120

Catering Committee, 142
Chairman of Ways and Means, 2, 3.See also Committee of the whole House; Deputy Speaker

    Business Committee, and, 82
    member of Chairmen's Panel, 4(2)
    private business, and, 20
    requests Temporary Chairmen to take Chair, 4(1)

Church of England Measures, 118(4)(b)
Clauses, see under Bills, public
Clerk at the Table

    absence of Speaker, &c., notifies, 3
    amendments to consolidation bills, receives, 58(2)
    Lords bills, notified that Member will take charge, 14(7), 50(2), 57(3), 80(b)
    orders of the day,
      reads, 26
      receives instructions to defer, 9(5)
    petitions, reads, 154(3)
    private Members' bills, receives nomination of another
Clerk of the House
    petitions, and, 156
    select committee reports, and, 134
    supervises ballot to elect Speaker, 1A

Closure of debate, 36

    at interruption of business, 9(4)
    majority required, 37
    standing committees, in, 89(3)(b)
      temporary chairman may not accept, 85(5)
Command papers, presentation of, 158
Committee of the whole House
      leaves chair, 70
        at 11 a.m. on Fridays, 11(5)
      temporary, 4(1)
    closure of debate, 36
    committal of bills to, 63(2), (3)
    debate on clause or schedule standing part, 68
    dilatory motions, 34, 35
    disorderly conduct, 43, 44
    divisions in, 38-40
    instructions to, 66
    interruption of business, 9(3)
    irrelevance or repetition, 42
    motions to commit a bill to, 63(2), (3)
    motions to propose question in, 29
    order of the day for, procedure on, 66
    private sittings, motions for, 163
    reports from, 70, 71
    selection of amendments, 32(2)-(4)
Committees, grand, see Nothern Ireland Grand Committee; Scottish Grand Committee; Welsh Grand Committee
Committees, joint

    Consolidation, &c., Bills, 140
    Human Rights, 152B
    motions to commit bills to, 63(2)
    Statutory Instruments, 151
    Tax Simplification Bills, 152C

Committees, private bill, service of suspended Member on, 44(5)

Committees, second reading, see under Committees, standing

Committees, select. See also names of particular committees chairmen

    joint sittings, for, 137A(1)(d)
    term limits for, 122A
    committal of bill to, 63(2)
    documents, withdrawal or alteration of, 127
    evidence, communication to other committees, other Parliaments etc., 137A(1)(a)
    evidence, publication before reporting to House, 136
    joint meetings, 137A
      quorum at, 124(2)
      lists of members, 122
      Lords, Members as witnesses before, 138
      Members not on committee, withdrawal of, 126
      memoranda, authorising of publishing, 135
      minutes of evidence
        members' names recorded in, 130, 131
        power to report, 133
      minutes of proceedings, 129
        members' names for attendance and voting, 128
      nomination of, 121
        Liaison Committee membership, Appendix
        motions at commencement of public business, 23(1)
        opposed motions for
      oath or affirmation, 132
      quorum, 124
      sittings during adjournment, 123
      witnesses' names, publication of, 135
      working with other committees, 137A
Committees, standing
    adjournment of, 88(2)
    amendments (referral and selection), 89(3)(a)
    business sub-committees, 120
    chairmen, 85
      special standing committee, 91(2)
    closure, 89(3)(b)
    constitution and membership, 84, 86
    debate on clause or schedule standing part, 89(3)(c)
    delegated legislation, 118
    dilatory motions, 89(3)(c)
    division in House, sitting suspended for, 89(4)
    European, 119
    government bills, precedence and arrangement, 84(3), (4), 101(2)
    irrelevance or repetition, 89(3)(c)
    law officers, attendance of, 87(1)
    meetings, 88, Appendix. See also Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Grand Committees
    ministers, attendance of, 87(2)
    minutes of proceedings of, 89(3)(d), (5), 128, 129
    quorum, 89(1), (3)(d), 117(4), 119(4). See also Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Grand Committees
    Regional Affairs, Standing Committee on, 117
    report stage, for, 92
    second reading committee, 90
      Law Commission bills, 59
      tax law rewrite bills, 60
    Scottish, 101
    special standing committee, 91
    strangers, admission of, 89(2), 91(1)
    Wales, bills relating to, for, 86(2)(i), 92(2)(proviso)
Consolidated Fund Bills, proceedings on, 56
    committal procedure does not apply, 63(1)
Consolidation, &c., Bills, 58
    Joint Committee on, 140
Crown. See also Ministers; Queen's Recommendation
    Debts to, releasing or compounding, require resolution, 49
Culture, Media and Sport Committee, 152

Debate. See also Anticipation rule; Closure; Dilatory motions; Disorder; Second speaches; Short speaches.

    motions to adjourn, 34,35
Defence Committee, 152
Delegated Legislation
    debates in House, 16
    Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 151
    negative procedure, 17

    Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 114, 115
    Northern Ireland consolidation legislation, 140(1)(f)
    notification of instruments not laid, 160
    presentation of, 159
    Regulatory Reform Committee, 141
    regulatory reform orders, 18
    remedial orders, 152B
    Scottish Grand Committee, 98
    standing committees, 118

Deputy Chairmen, 2, 3. See also Committee of Whole House
    members of Chairmen's Panel, 4(2)

Deputy Speaker, see also Speaker; Chairman of Ways and Means.

    earlier meeting of House, summons, 13(3)
    leaves chair when Speaker to be elected, 1
    powers, 3
    selection of amendments, 32
    Westminster Hall, Appendix
Deregulation, see Regulatory Reform
Dilatory motions, 34
    lapse at moment of interruption, 9(3)
    Speaker's powers, 35
    standing committees, in, 89(3)(c)
    Speaker's powers, 43-46
    strangers, by, 161
Divisions, 38-39
    deferred, Appendix
    members voting to be listed (committees), 89(3)(d), 128
    quorum, 41
    standing committee sitting suspended for, 89(4)
    unnecessarily claimed, 40

Domestic Committees, 142

Education and Employment Committee, 152




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