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APPENDIX 2: PRESENT RULES ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE


Paragraphs 1.27-1.29 of the Companion currently read as follows:

Leave of absence

1.27  Members of the House are to attend the sittings of the House. If they cannot attend, they should obtain leave of absence.

1.28  At any time during a Parliament, a member of the House may obtain leave of absence for the rest of the Parliament by applying in writing to the Clerk of the Parliaments. Before the beginning of every Parliament the Clerk of the Parliaments writes to each member who was on leave of absence at the end of the preceding Parliament to ask whether he wishes to apply for leave of absence for the new Parliament. The House grants leave to those who so apply. In addition, the Dissolution Notice sent to all members of the House at the opening of a new Parliament invites other members who wish to apply to communicate with the Clerk of the Parliaments.

1.29  Directions relating to those on leave of absence are as follows:

(a)  a member of the House who has been granted leave of absence is expected not to attend sittings of the House until his leave has expired or been terminated, except to take the oath of allegiance;

(b)  a member of the House on leave of absence who wishes to attend during the period for which leave was granted is expected to give notice in writing to the Clerk of the Parliaments at least one month before the day on which he wishes to attend; and his leave is terminated one month from the date of this notice, or sooner if the House so directs;

(c)  a member of the House on leave of absence may not act as a supporter in the ceremony of introduction;

(d)  a member of the House on leave of absence may not vote in the election of the Lord Speaker or in by-elections for hereditary peers.


 
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