WORDING OF QUESTIONS AND MOTIONS
5.11 Questions and motions are expected to be
worded in accordance with the practice of the House. The Clerks
at the Table are available to give help to any member of the House
in the drafting of a question or motion, and the advice tendered
by the Clerks should be accepted.
However, there is no official who has the authority to refuse
questions or motions on the ground of irregularity: and the form
in which they appear in House of Lords Business is the
responsibility of the member who hands them in, subject to the
sense of the House which is the final arbiter.
5.12 It is not in order to incorporate statements
of opinion or the demonstration of a point of view in the text
of questions or motions for papers, or to italicise or underline
words in the text of motions or questions in order to give them
Statements of fact should be inserted in the text of questions
only to the extent necessary to elicit the information sought.
5.13 It is open to any member of the House to
call attention to a question or motion which has appeared on the
order paper and to move that leave be not given to ask the question
or move the motion, or to move that it be removed from the order
paper. Such a motion should only be used in the last resort; it
is debatable and is decided by the House.
175 Procedure 1st Rpt 1985-86. Back
Procedure 1st Rpt 1985-86; 9th Rpt 1970-71. Back
LJ (1982-83) 108. Back