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Standing Orders of the House of Commons

Public Business 2023

Standing orders are rules agreed by the House that govern the way its business operates in the Chamber and committees. There's more information about standing orders in the MPs' Guide to Procedure.


(References are to Standing Order numbers and Appendix pages)

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

Scottish Grand Committee, 99, 100(6)

Welsh Grand Committee, 108(5)

dilatory motion, 34, 35, 83I(6)

general committees, 89(3)(c)

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

select committees

reports &c. during, 137

sittings during, 123

Thursday to Monday, 12(2)

when movable, 9(2)

without question put, 9(7)

Administration Committee, 139

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, 83I, 83A

Allotted days

bills, 82, 120

estimates, 54(1)

opposition business, 14(2)


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)

general committees, referred to, 89(3)(a)

Lords, 78

pecuniary penalties, and, 79

non-sitting Fridays, tabled on, 12(3)

notice period, Appendix, page 192

King’s Speech, to address in answer to, 33

question to be proposed on, 31

selection of, 32

in general committees, 89(3)(a)

Speaker’s election, not allowed, 1B(14)

Anticipation rule, 28

Appropriation Bills

committal procedure does not apply, 63(1)

proceedings on, 56

Backbench Business

definition, 10(7), 14(4)(7)

Backbench Business Committee, 10(7), 152J

election of chair, 122D


election of Deputy Speakers, 2A

election of select committee chairs, 122B


election of Speaker, 1B

private Members’ bills, 14(10)

Bills, hybrid, 61

Bills, private

committees, service of suspended Member on, 45(2)

pecuniary penalties, etc., imposed by Lords, 78

public money standing orders, and, 53

when taken, 9(1), 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; Committees, public bill

allocation of time to, 83

amendments. See under Amendments

carry-over, 80A, 80B

clause, new, 69

clause or schedule standing part, debate on, 68

general committees, in, 89(3)(c)

committal, 63

motions subject to selection, 32(4)

programme orders, under, 83A, 84A(2)

committees’ powers to consider amendments, 65

consideration of 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

Bills, public

Law Commission bills, 59

and consolidation, 140(1)(d)(1)(e)

long title amended, 65

Lords, brought from, 57A

pecuniary penalties, 79

private Members, by, 14(11)(c)

privilege, 80

public charge, creating, 50(2)

Lords amendments and reasons, 78

pecuniary penalties, 79

programming, 83F, 83G, 83H

money and ways and means resolutions on, 52

preamble postponed, 67

presentation, 57

printing, 57, 57A

private Members’

ballot, 14(10)

days for, 14(8)

Member nominates another Member to present, 14(10)

only one public bill committee at a time, 84A(5)

precedence, 14(9)(12)

ten-minute rule, 23

unprinted, 14(13), 90(2)

writs and, 19

programming, 83A83I

proposal of question, motions for, 29

public charge as main purpose, 50

re-committal, 72, 74

motions subject to selection, 32(4)

report stage

amendments requiring authorisation, 75

as amended in committee of whole House, 71, 72

general committee, referred for consideration in, 92

Legislative Grand Committee (England), bills reported from, 73

public bill committee, bills reported from, 73

Bills, public

Scottish, 97

public bill committees, see Committees, public bill, 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

tax law rewrite bills, 60

committal discharged, 60(8), 66

committal procedure does not apply, 63(1)

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 brought in upon a ways and means resolution, 77

bill considered in Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 113

bill considered in Scottish Grand Committee, 97

Wales, relating to,

public bill committee composition, 86(2)(ii), 92(2)

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, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, 152

Business Committee, 82

Business of the House

See also Private Business

arrangement of, 14, 27

backbench, 10(7), 14(4)(7), 24A

earlier meeting of House, at, 13(2)

exemption motions, 15(2)(6)

government business has precedence, 14(1)

interruption of, 9(3)

and closure motions, 9(4)

and exemption motions, 15(2)(6)

on Fridays, 11(2)(b)

may be proceeded with, though opposed, after moment of interruption, 9(6), 15(1), 83I(2)

not reached or disposed of, 9(5)

opposition parties, 14(2)(3)

order of, 9

Fridays, 11

private Members’, 14(8)(12)

Business sub-committees, 120

Carry-over of bills, 80A

of bills brought in upon a ways and means resolution, 80B

Chairman of Ways and Means, 2, 3

See also Committee of the whole House, Deputy Speaker

appoints business to be taken at sittings in Westminster Hall, 10(6)

Business Committee, and, 82

election of, 2A

member of Panel of Chairs, 4(2)

power to propose question in Committee, 29

private business, and, 20

programming committees, and, 83B

requests Temporary Chairs to take Chair, 4(1)


Panel, 4(2), 85(3), 85(4)

Westminster Hall sittings, 10(10)

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, etc., notifies, 3

amendments to consolidation bills, receives, 58(2)

Lords bills, notified that Member will take charge, 14(11), 50(2), 57A(1), 80A(1)(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(10)

Clerk of the House

duties as Accounting Officer on motions, etc., with direct financial consequence to House, 22C

petitions, and, 156

select committee reports, and, 134

supervises ballot to elect Speaker, 1A

Closure of debate, 36

at interruption of business, 9(4)

general committees, in, 89(3)(b)

temporary chair may not accept, 85(5)

majority required, 37

Commissioner for Standards, see Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Committees, general

adjournment of, 88(2)

amendments (referral and selection), 89(3)(a)

business sub-committees, 120

chairs, 85

closure, 89(3)(b)

constitution and membership, 84, 86

debate on clause or schedule standing part, 89(3)(c)

definition of, 84

delegated legislation, 118

dilatory motions, 83I(6), 89(3)(c)

division in House, sitting suspended for, 89(4)

European committees, 119

irrelevance or repetition, 89(3)(c)

law officers, attendance of, 87

meetings, 88. See also Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Grand Committees

ministers, attendance of, 87

minutes of proceedings of, 89(3)(d), 89(5), 128, 129

public, members of, admission of, 89(2), 91, 161(2)

public bills, on, see Committees, public bill

quorum, 89(1), 89(3)(d), 117(4), 119(4)

See also Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Grand Committees

Regional Affairs, 97(5)

report stage, for, 92

second reading committee, 90

Law Commission bills, 59

tax law rewrite bills, 60

Wales, bills relating to, for, 92(2)

Committees, grand, see Northern Ireland Grand Committee, Scottish Grand Committee, Welsh Grand Committee

Committees, joint

Human Rights, 152B

motions to commit bills to, 63(2)

National Security Strategy, 152I

Statutory Instruments, 151

Tax Law Rewrite Bills, 152C

Committees, private bill, service of suspended Member on, 45(2)

Committees, public bill

See also Committees, general

amendments, notice period, Appendix, page 192

conclusion of proceedings under programme order, 83D

power to send for persons, papers and records, 63, 84A(3)

under a programme motion, 83A, 84A(2)

private members’ bills, restrictions and nomination, 84A(5)

programming sub-committees, 83C

Scottish, 84A(4)

committal to, 97(5)

membership, 86(2)(i)

Wales, bill relating to, for, 86(2)(ii)

Committees, second reading, see under Committees, general

Committees, select

See also names of particular committees


allocation, Appendix, page 193

election of, 122B

joint sittings, for, 137A(1)(d)

resignation or removal of, 122C

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)

evidence, publication before reporting to House, 136

Committees, select

joint meetings, 137A

quorum at, 124(2)

lists of members, 122

Members not on committee, attendance of, 141(11)

Members not on committee, withdrawal of, 126

memoranda, authorisation to publish, 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

motions at commencement of public business, 23(1)

opposed motions for

exempted business, 15(1)(c)

on Fridays, 11(2)(c)

oath or affirmation, 132

public, members of

admission of, 125

misconduct by, 161(2)

quorum, 124


advance copies of, 134

during adjournments, 137

joint, 137A

power to make, 133

sittings during adjournment, 123

statements, 22D

witnesses’ names, publication of, 135

working with other committees, 137A

Committee of the whole House


leaves chair, 70

at 11 a.m. on Fridays, 11(5)

temporary, 4(1)

Committee of the whole House

closure of debate, 36

committal of bills to, 63(2)

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, 3840, 41A

instructions to, 66

interruption of business, 9(3)

irrelevance or repetition, 42

motions to commit a bill to, 63(2), 63(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)

Complaints of bullying and harassment, Independent determination of, Appendix, page 195

Confidentiality in the House’s Standards system, Appendix, page 196

Consolidated Fund Bills

committal procedure does not apply, 49, 63(1)

proceedings on, 56

Consolidation, &c., Bills, 58

Joint Committee on, 140


See also Ministers, King’s Recommendation

Debts to, releasing or compounding, require resolution, 49


See also Anticipation rule, Closure, Dilatory motions, Disorder, Emergency debates, Second Speeches, Short Speeches, Time limits on speeches, Topical debates.

motions to adjourn, 34, 35

on specified matters, lapse, 9(3)

Defence Committee, 152

Defence services Vote, 55

Delegated legislation

debates in House, 16

delegated legislation committees, 118

European Statutory Instruments Committee, Appendix, page 198

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 151

negative procedure, 11(3), 17, 115

Fridays, 11(3), 115

Northern Ireland consolidation legislation, 140(1)(f)

Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 114, 115

notification of instruments not laid, 159, 160

regulatory reform orders, 18, 141

remedial orders, 152B

Scottish Grand Committee, 3, 98

Deputy Chairmen, 2, 3

See also Committee of whole House

members of Panel of Chairs, 4(2)

Deputy Speaker

See also Chairman of Ways and Means

earlier meeting of House, summons, 13(3)

election, 2A

leaves chair when Speaker to be elected, 1

powers, 3

selection of amendments, 32

Westminster Hall, 10(6), 10(10)

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, 152

Dilatory motions, 34

general committees, in, 89(3)(c)

lapse at moment of interruption, 9(3)

programming, under, 83I(6)

Speaker’s powers, 35


by members of public, 161

Speaker’s powers, 4346

Divisions, 3839

deferred, 41A

general committee sitting suspended for, 89(4)

Members not to participate in divisions on own conduct, 149(14), 150D(5)

members voting to be listed (committees), 89(3)(d), 128

proxy voting, 39A

quorum, 41

unnecessarily claimed, 40

Education Committee, 152

Elections, opposed writs for, on private Members’ days, 19

Emergency debates, 24

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, 152

Environmental Audit Committee, 152A

opinions on European Union documents, 143(12)


consideration of, 54, 145(3)

exemption motion, effect on, 15(2)

House of Commons Members Estimate Committee, 152D

selection of amendments, 32(5)

voting on, 55

European committees, 119

European Statutory Instruments Committee, Appendix, page 198

European Scrutiny Committee, 143

European Union documents

definition and scrutiny, 143

length of debate, 16

resolution regarding presentation of documents under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, Appendix, page 194

resolution regarding scrutiny and ministerial agreement, Appendix, page 188

Examiners of Petitions, referral of public bills, 61

Excess Votes, 55(2)(d)

Exempted business, see Business of the House

Finance Committee, 144

considers recommendations involving expenditure, 139(1), 144(1)(d)

Financial privilege of the House of Commons

Lords bills and amendments, and, 7880

Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004

scrutiny of certain draft orders 142

Foreign Affairs Committee, 152

Free Trade Agreements and Genocide, 152L


House not sitting, 12

sittings, 11

General Committees, see Committees, General

Genocide, Free Trade Agreements and, 152L

Government departments, select committees related to, 152

opinions on European Union documents, 143(12)

Grand Committees, see Northern Ireland Grand Committee, Scottish Grand Committee, Welsh Grand Committee

Guillotines, see Allocation of time

Health and Social Care Committee, 152

Health Service Commissioner, 146

Home Affairs Committee, 152


See also Adjournment, Business of the House

earlier meeting, 13

estimates of expenditure, and domestic committees, 139(1), 144(1)(a)

Fridays, non-sitting, 12

hour of meeting, 9(1)

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

advice to, 145(1)(b)

communication of evidence to, 139(4)(c), 144(4)(b)

recommendations to, 139(1)

House of Commons Members Estimate Committee, 152D

Human Rights, Joint Committee on, 152B

Independent Expert Panel, 150A, 150B, 150C , 150D and 150E


selection of, 32(4)

to committee on bill, when considered, 66

to particular select committees, 151(9), 151(10)

Instruments, see Delegated Legislation

Intelligence and Security Committee, 152E

International Development Committee, 152

Irrelevance in debate, 42

general committees, 89(3)(c)

Joint committees, see Committees, joint

Justice Committee, 152

Law Commission bills, 59

and consolidation, 140(1)(d), 140(1)(e)

Law officers

attendance at Committee of Privileges, 148A(9)

attendance at Committee on Standards, 149(12)

attendance at general committees, 87(1)

Legislative reform orders, proceedings in House, 18

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 152

Liaison Committee, 145

debates in Westminster Hall, 10(7)

designation of committee to report under Public Bodies Act 2011, 152K(2)

duties and powers in respect of Planning national policy statements, 152H

selection of Estimates to be debated, 54(1)(3)

Localism Act 2011, scrutiny of certain orders and draft orders, 142

proceedings in House, 18

Lords, House of

See also under Bills, public; see also Committees, joint, 57A(2)

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

financial interests and conduct, complaints on, 149, 150

irrelevance or tedious repetition by, 42

standing committees, in, 89(3)(c)

Lords select committees, attendance at, 138

members of the public, not to bring into certain areas, 162

named, 44

not to participate in divisions on own conduct, 149(14), 150D(5)

notification of arrest of, Appendix, page 193

oath or affirmation, 5, 6

personal explanations (Fridays), 11(4)

sanctions in respect of, Appendix, page 196

presiding over Speaker’s election, 1

questions to, 21

seats, reserving of, 7, 8

select committees, withdrawal of non-nominated, 126

sub judice resolution, breach of, 42A

suspended, 44, 45

effect on salary, 45A

Members Estimate Committee, House of Commons, 152D

Members’ Expenses, Committee on, 152G


attendance at—

general committees on certain bills, 87(2)

Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 109(4)

Scottish Grand Committee, 93(3)

Welsh Grand Committee, 102(4)

reply to petitions, 156

Minutes of Proceedings

general committees, 89(3)(d), 89(5)

select and general committees, 128, 129

Money, public

private bills, etc., application of standing orders to, 53

King’s recommendation, 48

resolutions required, 49

Money resolutions on bills, 52

Lords amendments not covered by, 78(3)


consequent on the ICGS, 150D

for early day, amendments and added names to, 22(2)

subject to selection, 32(4)

tabled during adjournment, 64

on non-sitting Friday, 12(3)

National Audit Office, evidence from, transmission to other committees, 137A

National Security Strategy (Joint Committee), 152I

New clauses, 69

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, 152

Northern Ireland Assembly, 137A(1)(a)

Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 109

adjournment debates, 109(3)(g), 116(1)(h), 116(5)

bills, 113

delegated legislation, 115, 118(5)

legislative proposals, 114

ministerial statements, 112

questions, 110

quorum, 109(2), 116(3)

short debates, 111

sittings, 116

Oath, 5, 6

select committee witnesses, 132

Official Report

general committees, 84A(3), 94(4), 103(4), 110(4)

written statements, 22A

Ombudsman, see Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

Opposition days, 14(2), 14(3)

questions on amendments on, 31(2)

Orders of the Day

committee of whole House, for, 66

not disposed of or not reached, deferred, 9(5)

order of disposal, 27

read by Clerk, 26

Westminster Hall, to be taken in, 10(8)

Papers, Parliamentary, 158, 159, 160

Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, 146

Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, 149, 150

Parliamentary privilege (application of legislation), Appendix, page 188

Pecuniary penalties in Lords bills and Lords amendments, 79

Petitions, public

presentation of, 153

present personal grievance, 155

printing and replies, 156

public money, relating to, 48

tax against imposition of, 157

when taken, 154

Petitions Committee, 145A

determines debate on petitions in Westminster Hall, 10(1)(a)

Planning: National policy statements, 152H

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

when taken, 9(1), 11(1), 20

Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, see Bills, Provisional Order

Private Members’ bills, 14, 19, 23

See also Bills, public

ballot and time for taking, 14

notice requirements, 23

only one public bill committee at a time, 84A(5)


Committee of Privileges, 148A

publication of evidence, 136

privilege, Parliamentary, Appendix, page 188

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

public bill 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

Proxy, Voting by, 39A

Public, members of the

admitted to general committees, 89(2)

admitted to select committees, 125

misconduct by, 161, 162

Public Accounts, Committee of, 148

Excess Votes, objection to, 55(2)(d)

opinions on European Union documents, 143(12)

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, 146

opinions on European Union documents, 143(12)

reports on draft orders under Public Bodies Act 2011, 152K

Public bills, see Bills, public

Public bill committees, see Committees, public bill

Public Bill Office


during adjournments, 64

on non-sitting Fridays, 12(3)(b)

notice of ten-minute rule bills, 23(2)

Public Bodies Act 2011, draft orders, 152K

Public money

petitions, grants and charges, 48, 49

private bills, etc., application of standing orders to, 53

King’s recommendation, 48

Question, proposal of, motions for, 29, 89(3)(b)

majority required, 37


Northern Ireland Grand Committee, in, 110

notices of, 22

on non-sitting Fridays, 12(3)

notices of during September, 22B

Scottish Grand Committee, in, 94


urgent, 21(2)

Fridays, 11(4)

Welsh Grand Committee, in, 103

Westminster Hall, in, 10(6)

when taken, 9(1), 21(1)

written answer, for, when sitting broken, 21(3)


See also under Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Grand Committees

general committees, 89(1), 89(3)(d)

House, 41

select committees, 124

Westminster Hall, 10(5)

Recall of MPs Act 2015, 150E

Re-committal of bills, 72, 74

motions subject to selection, 32(4)

Regional Affairs Committee, 117

Register of Members’ Financial Interests, 149, 150

Remedial orders, 152B

Repetition in debate, 42

general committees, in, 89

Returns, unopposed, when taken, 9(1), 11(1)

Salaried positions

resolution for the purposes of Section 4A(2) of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, Appendix, page 190

Sanctions in respect of Members

resolution in respect of the Independent Complaints and Grievances Scheme (ICGS), Appendix, page 196

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

questions, 94

quorum, 93(1), 100(6)

report stage of bills, 92(1)

short debates, 95

sittings, 100

Scottish Parliament, 137A(1)(a)

Scrutiny of regulatory and legislative reform orders etc., 141, 142

Seats, reservation of, in House, 7, 8

Second reading committees, see under Committees, general

Second speeches, on bill reported from public bill committee, 76

Selection, Committee of

[This committee is appointed under Standing Order 109 relating to Private Business (printed separately)]

nomination of—

additional members of certain select committees, 121(2)

additional members of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 109(1)

additional members of the Welsh Grand Committee, 102(1)

members of general committees, 86(1)

members of the Regional Affairs Committee, 117(2)

nomination of public bill committees

for bills considered in draft, 86(2)(iii)

for bills relating exclusively to Scotland, 86(2)(i)

for bills relating exclusively to Wales, 86(2)(ii)

Selection, Committee of

members of report committees for bills relating exclusively to Wales, 92

Select committees, see Committees, select

Senedd Cymru, 137A(1)(a), 137A(3)

Serjeant at Arms

members of the public, and, 161

misconduct by Members, 43, 44(4)

withdrawal of Members from select committees, 126


absence, 3

on day of election, 1

adjournment debates

references to legislation, discretion on, 30

adjourns House, 9(7), 46

amendment to address in answer to the King’s Speech, calls, 33

anticipation rule, discretion on, 28

ballot for bills, arranges, 14(10)

Business Committee and sub-committees, nominates, 82, 120(2)

chairs, temporary, nominates, 4(1)

Counsel to, assists select committees, 143(3), 151(5)

delegated legislation committees, distributes instruments among, 118(1)

dilatory motions, 35

disorder by Members

names Member, 44

orders Member to leave House, 43

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)

general committees, appoints chairs for, 85

instructs doorkeepers regarding seats, 7


interrupts business for statements, etc., 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)

questions tabling dates, fixes, 22(6)

recommendations from committees to, 139(1), 144(1)(d)

Scottish bill, certifies, 97(1)

selection of amendments, 32

statutory instruments, unlaid, notified of, 160

sub judice, powers, 42A

urgent 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, Committee on, 149

appointment of lay members to, 149A

Standing Orders Committee

[This committee is appointed under Standing Order 103 relating to Private Business (printed separately)]

and hybrid bills, 61(2)


Fridays, on, 11(4)

Northern Ireland Grand Committee, 112

Regional Affairs, Committee, in, 117(8)

Scottish Grand Committee, in, 96

Select Committee, 22D

Welsh Grand Committee, in, 105

written, 22A

in September, 22B

Statutory Instruments, Joint Committee on, 151

Statutory Instruments, see Delegated Legislation

Strangers, see Public, members of the

Sub judice resolution, Appendix, page 187

power of Speaker or Chair in cases of breach of, 42A

Supply & Appropriation Bills, see Consolidated Fund Bills


bill, of, to next session, 80A

general committee sittings, for division in House, 89(4)

House, of, for grave disorder, 46

Members, of, 4445A

Table Office

questions tabled in, 22

for Grand Committees, 94(1), 103(1), 110(1)

on non-sitting Fridays, 12(3)(a)

short debate applications for Grand Committees, 95(1), 104(1), 111(1)


motions under the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968, 51(2)

petitions against, 157

Tax law rewrite bills, 60

committal procedure does not apply, 63(1)

committee discharged, 60(8), 66

Joint Committee on, 152C

Temporary chairs, 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

Time limits on speeches, 47

Topical debates, 24A

Transport Committee, 152

Treasury Committee, 152

Votes on account, 55(2)

Voting, 39

Voting by proxy, 39A

Ways and means motions, 51, 52

Ways and means resolutions, bills brought in on

carry-over, 80B

exempted business, 15(1)(a)

ministers may attend general committees, 87(2)

third reading, 77

Welsh Affairs Committee, 152

joint meetings with committees of National Assembly for Wales, 137A(3)

Welsh Grand Committee, 102

adjournment debates, 108(5)

bills, 106

matters, 107

ministerial statements, 105

questions, 103

quorum, 102(2), 108(5)

Welsh Grand Committee

short debates, 104

sittings, 108

Welsh Language, use in proceedings, Appendix, page 192

Welsh Parliament, 137A(1)(a), 137A(3)

Westminster Hall, sittings in, 10

Women and Equalities Committee, 152

Work and Pensions Committee, 152

Writs, motions for, lapse if opposed on private Members’ Fridays, 19