Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Public Business 2004 Contents


    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, Appendix, p 161
        Welsh Grand Committee, 108(5)
      dilatory motion, 34, 35, 83I(6)
      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), Appendix, p 161
      when movable, 9(2)
      without question put, 9(7)
    Administration Committee, 142
    Affirmation, 5, 6
      select committee witnesses, 132
    Aids and supplies, Bills of, not to be brought from Lords, 80
    Allocation of time orders, 83
      Business Committee, 82
      business sub-committees, 120
      programming of bills, 83A-I
    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), Appendix, p 161
      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), 11(1), 20, Appendix, p 161
    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
      carry-over, 80A
      clause or schedule standing part, debate on, 68
      clause, new, 69
    Bills, publiccontinued
      committal, 63
        motions subject to selection, 32(4)
        programme orders, under, 83A
      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, 57A
      hybrid, 61
      introduction of, 57
      Law Commission bills, 59
      long title amended, 65
      Lords, brought from, 57A
        pecuniary penalties, 79
        private Members, by, 14(7)(c)
        privilege, 80
        public charge, creating, 50(2)
      Lords amendments and reasons, 78
      money and ways and means resolutions on, 52
      preamble postponed, 67
      presentation, 57
      printing, 57, 57A
      private Members'
      programming, 83A-I
      proposal of question, motions for, 29
      public charge as main purpose, 50
      re-committal, 72, 74
        motions subject to selection, 32(4)
    Bills, publiccontinued
      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, 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 law rewrite bills, 60
      special standing committee, 91
      tax law rewrite bills, 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
      arrangement of, 14, 27
      earlier meeting of House, at, 13(2)
      exemption motions, 15(2)-(6)
      government business has precedence, 14(1)
      interruption of, 9(3), Appendix, p 161
      opposed, when taken after moment of interruption, 9(6), 15(1)
      opposition parties, 14(2)-(3), Appendix, p 161
      order of, 9
        Fridays, 11
      not reached or not disposed of, 9(5)
      private Members', 14(4)-(8)
    Business sub-committees, 120

    Carry-over of bills, 80A
    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
      programming committees, and, 83B
      requests Temporary Chairmen to take Chair, 4(1)
      Panel, 4(2), 85(3), (4)
        Westminster Hall sittings, 10(5)
      temporary, 4
        may not—
          accept closure, 36(3)
          accept motion to propose question, 29(2)
          select amendments, 32(2)
    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)
    Clerk at the Tablecontinued
      Lords bills, notified that Member will take charge, 14(7), 50(2), 57A(1), 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 Member to present, 14(6)
    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
      closure of debate, 36
      committal of bills to, 63(2), (3)
      conclusion of proceedings under programme order, 83D  debate on clause or schedule standing part, 68
      dilatory motions, 34, 35, 83I(6)
      disorderly conduct, 43, 44
      divisions in, 38-40, 41A
      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 Northern 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 Law Rewrite 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
      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
      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
      oath or affirmation, 132
    Committees, selectcontinued
      public, members of
      quorum, 124
        advance copies of, 134
        debates on, in Westminster Hall, 10(13)
        during adjournments, 137
        joint, 137A
        power to make, 133
      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)
      conclusion of proceedings under programme order, 83D
      constitution and membership, 84, 86
      debate on clause or schedule standing part, 89(3)(c)
      delegated legislation, 118
      dilatory motions, 83I(6), 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, p 161. See also Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Grand Committees
      ministers, attendance of, 87(2)
      minutes of proceedings of, 89(3)(d), (5), 128, 129
      programming sub-committees, 83C
      public, members of, admission of, 89(2), 91(1)
      quorum, 89(1), (3)(d), 117(4), 119(4). See also Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Grand Committees
    Committees, standingcontinued
      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
      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
    Constitutional Affairs Committee, 152
    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 speeches; Short speeches.
      motions to adjourn, 34, 35
    Defence Committee, 152
    Delegated legislation
      debates in House, 16
      Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 151
      negative procedure, 17, Appendix, p 161
      Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 114, 115
      Northern Ireland consolidation legislation, 140(1)(f)
      notification of instruments not laid, 160
      presentation of, 159
      regulatory reform orders, 18, 141
      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 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, 10(4), (5)
    Deregulation, see Regulatory Reform
    Dilatory motions, 34
      lapse at moment of interruption, 9(3)
      programming, under, 83I(6)
      Speaker's powers, 35
      standing committees, in, 89(3)(c)
      public, members of, by, 161
      Speaker's powers, 43-46
    Divisions, 38-39
      deferred, 41A, Appendix, p 161
      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 Skills Committee, 152
    Elections, opposed writs for, on private Members' days, 19
    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, 152
    Environmental Audit Committee, 152A
      opinions on European Union documents, 143(11)
      consideration of, 54, 145(3), Appendix, p 161
        exemption motion, effect on, 15(2)
      House of Commons Members Estimate Committee, 152D
      selection of amendments, 32(5)
      voting on, 55
    European Scrutiny Committee, 143
    European Union documents
      definition and scrutiny, 143
      length of debate, 16
      resolution regarding scrutiny and ministerial agreement, Appendix, p 158
      standing committees, 119
    Examiners of Petitions, referral of public bills to, 61
    Excess votes, 55(3)(c)

    Finance and Services Committee, 144
    Foreign Affairs Committee, 152

    Government departments, select committees related to, 152
      opinions on European Union documents, 143(11)
    Grand Committees, see Northern Ireland Grand Committee; Scottish Grand Committee; Welsh Grand Committee
    Guillotines, see Allocation of time

    Health Committee, 152
    Health Service Commissioners, 146
    Home Affairs Committee, 152
    House. See also Adjournment; Business of the House
      earlier meeting, 13
      estimates of expenditure, and domestic committees, 139(4), 144(1)(a), 142(5)
      Fridays, non-sitting, 12, Appendix, p 161
      hour of meeting, 9(1), Appendix, p 161
        Fridays, 11
        when ballot held to elect Speaker, 1B(14)
      private sittings, motions for, 163
      quorum, 41
      suspension for grave disorder, 46
      Westminster Hall sittings, 10
    House of Commons Commission
    House of Commons Members Estimate Committee, 152D
    Human Rights, Joint Committee on, 152B

    Information Committee, 142
      selection of, 32(4)
      to committee on bill, when considered, 66
      to particular select committees, 141(14), (15), 151(9), (10)
    International Development Committee, 152
    Irrelevance in debate, 42

    Joint committees, see Committees, joint

    Law Commission bills, 59
    Law officers
      attendance at Committee on Standards and Privileges, 149(9)
      attendance at standing committees, 87(1)
    Liaison Committee, 145
      debates on select committee reports in Westminster Hall, 10(13)
      estimates, 54(1)-(3)
      membership, Appendix, p 165
    Lords, House of. See also under Bills, public; see also Committees, joint
      Lords may attend private sittings of Commons, 163(2)
      select committees, Commons Members' evidence to, 138

    Measures, Church of England, 118(4)(b)
      disorder by, 43
      interests and conduct, complaints on, 149, 150
      irrelevance or tedious repetition by, 42
      Lords select committees, attendance at, 138
      members of the public, not to bring into certain areas, 162
      named, 44
      oath or affirmation, 5, 6
      personal explanations (Fridays), 11(4)
      presiding over Speaker's election, 1
      questions to, 21
      seats, reserving of, 7, 8
      select committees, withdrawal of non-nominated, 126
      suspended, 44, 45
        effect on salary, 45A
    Ministers. See also Statements
      attendance at—
        Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 109(4)
        Scottish Grand Committee, 93(3)
        standing committees on certain bills, 87(2)
        Welsh Grand Committee, 102(4)
      reply to petitions, 156
    Minutes of Proceedings
      select and standing committees, 128, 129
      standing committees, 89(3)(d), (5)
    Modernisation of the House of Commons, Select Committee on, Appendix, p 164
    Money, public
      private bills, &c., application of standing orders to, 53
      Queen's recommendation, 48
      resolutions required, 49
    Money resolutions on bills, 52
      Lords amendments not covered by, 78(3)
      for early day, amendments and added names to, 22(2)
      subject to selection, 32(4)

    National Audit Office
      evidence from, transmission to other committees, 137A
    New clauses, 69
    Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, 152
    Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 109
    Northern Ireland Grand Committeecontinued
    Northern Ireland, Parliamentary Ombudsman for, 146

    Oath, 5, 6
      select committee witnesses, 132
    Official Report
    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee, 152
    Opposition days, 14(2), (3), Appendix, p 161
      questions on amendments on, 31(2)
      Scottish Grand Committee debates, 99
    Orders of the Day
      committee of whole House, for, 66
      order of disposal, 27
      not disposed of or not reached, deferred, 9(5)
      read by Clerk, 26
      Westminster Hall, to be taken in, 10(7)

    Papers, Parliamentary, 158, 159, 160
    Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, 146
    Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, 149, 150
    Pecuniary penalties in Lords bills and Lords amendments, 79
    Petitions, public
      present personal grievance, 155
      presentation of, 153
      printing and replies, 156
      public money, relating to, 48
      tax, against imposition of, 157
      when taken, 154
    Prayers, reserving of seats at, 7, 8
    Prayers against Statutory Instruments, 17, 118(4)
    Preambles to bills, postponed, 67
    Private Business. See also Bills, private
    Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, see Bills, Provisional Order
    Private Members' bills, see under Bills, public
    Privilege. See also Standards and Privileges
      Lords bills and amendments, and, 78-80
      publication of evidence, 136
    Procedure Committee, 147
    Programming of bills
      carried-over bill, and, 80A(12)
      conclusion of proceedings:
        consideration and third reading, 83E
        Lords amendments and later stages, 83F, 83G, 83H
        standing committee and committee of whole House, 83D
      programme motions and orders, 83A
      programming committees, 83B
      programming sub-committees, 83C
      supplementary provisions, 83I
    Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968, motions under, 51(2)
    Provisional Order Bills, see Bills, provisional order
    Public, members of the
      admitted to select committees, 125
      admitted to standing committees, 89(2), 91(1)
      misconduct by, 161, 162
      motions to exclude by sitting in private, 163
    Public Accounts, Committee of, 148
    Public Administration, Select Committee on, 146
      opinions on European Union documents, 143(11)
    Public Bill Office
    Public bills, see Bills, public
    Public money
      petitions, grants and charges, 48, 49
      private bills, &c., application of standing orders to, 53

    Queen's recommendation, 48
    Question, proposal of, motions for, 29, 89(3)(b)
      majority required, 37
      European Standing Committees, 119(7)
      non-sitting Fridays, and, 12(4)
      Northern Ireland Grand Committee, in, 110
      notices of, 22
      Scotland or Wales, relating to, Appendix, p. 160
      Scottish Grand Committee, in, 94
      urgent (private notice), 21(2)
      Welsh Grand Committee, in, 103
      Westminster Hall, in, 10(3)
      when taken, 9(1), 21(1)
      written answer, for, when sitting broken, 21(3)
    Quorum. See also under Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Grand Committees

    Re-committal of bills, 72, 74
      motions subject to selection, 32(4)
    Regional Affairs, Standing Committee on, 117
    Register of Members' Interests, 149, 150
    Regulatory Reform Committee, 141
    Regulatory reform orders, proceedings in House, 18
    Remedial orders, 152B
    Repetition in debate, 42
    Returns, unopposed, when taken, 9(1), 11(1)

    Schedules, see Bills, public: clauses
    Science and Technology Committee, 152
    Scottish Affairs Committee, 152
    Scottish Grand Committee, 93
      adjournment debates, 99, 100(6)
      bills in relation to their principle, 97
      delegated legislation, 98
      ministerial statements, 96
    Scottish Grand Committeecontinued
    Seats, reservation of, in House, 7, 8
    Second reading committees, see under Committees, standing
    Second speeches, on bill reported from standing committee, 76
    Select committees, see Committees, select
    Selection, Committee of[2]
      nomination of certain select committees, 121(2)
      nomination of standing committees, 86(1)
        European Standing Committees, 119(3)
        Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 109(1)
        Regional Affairs, Standing Committee on, 117(2)
        report committees, 92
        Welsh Grand Committee, 102(1)
    Serjeant at Arms
      members of the public, and, 161
      misconduct by Members, 43, 44(4)
      withdrawal of Members from select committees, 126
    Short speeches, 47, Appendix, p. 166
      absence, 3
        on day of election, 1
      adjournment debates
        references to legislation, discretion on, 30
        urgent, rules on, 24
      adjourns House, 9(7), 46
      amendment at end of Queen's Speech debate, calls, 33
      anticipation rule, discretion on, 28
      ballot for bills, arranges, 14(6)
      Business Committee and sub-committees, nominates, 82, 120(2)
      chairmen, temporary, nominates, 4(1)
      Counsel to, assists select committees, 141(12), 143(3), 151(4)
      dilatory motions, 35
      disorder by Members
        orders Member to leave House, 43
        names Member, 44
        suspends or adjourns House, 46
      divisions, 38, 40, 41A
      earlier meeting of House, summons, 13(1)
      election, 1, 1A, 1B
      evidence to former committees, authorises publication, 135(2)
      instructs doorkeepers regarding seats, 7
      interrupts business for statements, &c., on Fridays, 11(4)
      irrelevance or repetition, prevents, 42
      Lords amendments involving charges, powers, 78(3)
      orders of the day read at his direction, 46
      programming committees and sub-committees, nominates, 83B, 83C
      public, members of, orders withdrawal of, 163
      publication of memoranda and witness names, authorises, 135(2)
      question tabling dates, fixes, 22(8)
      recommendations from committees to, 139(4), 142(6), 144(1)(c)
      Scottish bill, certifies, 97(1)
      selection of amendments, 32
      short speeches, powers, 47, Appendix, p. 166
      standing committees
        appoints chairmen for, 85, 91(2)
        distributes bills and instruments among, 84(2)
      statutory instruments, unlaid, notified of, 160
      urgent adjournment debates, rules on, 24
      urgent (private notice) questions, allows, 21(2)
    Special Procedure Orders
      bills in relation to, and public money standing orders, 53
      not to be laid during adjournment, 159
    Standards and Privileges, Committee on, 149
    Standing Committees, see Committees, standing
    Standing Orders Committee,[3] and hybrid bills, 61(2)
      European Standing Committees, in, 119(7)
      Fridays, on, 11(4)
      Northern Ireland Grand Committee, in, 112
      Regional Affairs, Standing Committee on, in, 117(8)
      Scottish Grand Committee, in, 96
      Welsh Grand Committee, in, 105
      written, 22A
    Statutory Instruments, see Delegated Legislation
    Statutory Instruments, Joint Committee on, 151
    Strangers, see Public, members of the
    Sub judice resolution, Appendix, p. 157
      bill, of, to next Session, 80A
      House, of, for grave disorder, 46
      Members, of, 44-45A
      standing committee sittings, for division in House, 89(4)

    Table Office
    Tax law rewrite bills, 60
      committal procedure does not apply, 63(1)
      committee discharged, 60(8), 66
      Joint Committee on, 152C
      petitions against, 157
      provisional collection of, 51(2)
    Temporary chairmen, 4
      may not—
        accept closure, 36(3)
        accept motion to propose question, 29(2)
        select amendments, 32(2)
    Temporary laws, duration to be specified, 81
    Trade and Industry Committee, 152
    Transport Committee, 152
    Treasury Committee, 152

    Votes on account, 55(2)

    Ways and means motions, 51, 52
    Ways and means resolutions, bills brought in on,
      exempted business, 15(1)(a)
      ministers may attend standing committees, 87(2)
    Welsh Affairs Committee, 152
      joint activities with National Assembly for Wales, Appendix, p. 166
    Welsh Grand Committee, 102
    Westminster Hall, sittings in, 10
    Work and Pensions Committee, 152
    Writs, motions for, lapse if opposed on private Members' Fridays, 19

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3   This committee is appointed under Standing Order 103 relating to Private Business (printed separately). Back

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