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STANDING ORDERS RELATIVE TO PUBLIC BUSINESS.
Sittings of the House. 1.-(1.) Unless the house otherwise order, the house shall meet every Sittings of the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a quarter to three of the house. clock.
2.) At half-past eleven of the clock the speaker shall adjourn the house without question put, unless a bill originating in committee of ways and means, or unless proceedings made in pursuance of any act of parliament or standing order, or otherwise exempted as hereinafter provided from the operation of this standing order, be then under consideration.
(3.) At eleven of the clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, except as aforesaid, and at five of the clock on Fridays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall be interrupted ; and, if the house be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and make his report to the house ; and if a motion has been proposed for the adjournment of the house, or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such dilatory motion shall lapse without question put.
(4.) Provided always, that on the interruption of business the closure may be moved ; and if moved, or if proceedings under the closure rule be then in progress, the speaker or chairman shall not leave the chair, until the questions consequent thereon and on any further motion, as provided in the rule “ closure of debate,” lave been decided.
(5.) After the business under consideration at eleven and five, respectively, has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken.
(6.) All business appointed for any sitting, and not disposed of before the termination of the sitting, shall stand over until the next sitting, or until such other sitting on any day on which the house ordinarily sits as the member in charge of the business may appoint.
(7.) A motion may be made by a minister of the crown at the commencement of public business, to be decided without amendment or debate, to the following effect : " That the proceedings on any specitied business, if under discussion at eleven this night, be not interrupted under the standing order sittings of the house,'” or to the following effect : That the proceedings on any specified business, if under discussion when the business is postponed, be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.
(8.) Provided always, that after any business exempted from the operation of this order is disposed of, the remaining business of the sitting shall be dealt with according to the provisions applicable to business taken after eleven o'clock.
(9.) Provided also, that the chairman or deputy chairman of ways and means do take the chair as deputy speaker, when requested so to do by
Duration of Friday sittings.
Mr. Speaker, without any formal communication to the house ; and that Mr. Speaker shall nominate, at the commencement of every session, a panel of not more than five members to act as temporary chairmen of committees, when requested by the chairman of ways and means.
2.—The house shall meet every Friday, at twelve o'clock at noon, fo private business, petitions, orders of the day, and notices of motions, and shall continue to sit until half-past five o'clock, unless previously adjourned.
3.-When such business has been disposed of, or at half-past five o'clock precisely, notwithstanding there may be business under discussion, Mr. Speaker shall adjourn the house, without putting any question.
Precedence of business at different sittings.
Arrangement of Public Business. 4.-Unless the house otherwise direct(a.) Government business shall have precedence at every sitting except
after a quarter-past eight on Tuesday and Wednesday and the
sitting on Friday; (6.) After a quarter-past eight on Tuesday and Wednesday notices of
motion and public bills, other than government bills, shall have precedence of government business, and any government business then under consideration shall, without question put, be postponed
until the business having precedence of it is disposed of; (c.) After Easter government business shall have precedence during
the whole of Tuesday; (d.) After Whitsuntide, until Michaelmas, government business shall
have precedence at all sittings except the sittings on the third and
fourth Fridays after Whit Sunday ; (e.) After a quarter-past eight when government business has not
precedence notices of motion shall have precedence of the orders
of the day; (f.) At the sittings on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
the house will first proceed with petitions, motions for unopposed returns, and leave of absence to members, giving notices of motions, and unopposed private business.
Arrangement of government business.
5.-On days on which government business has priority, the government may arrange such government business, whether orders of the day or notices of motions, in such order as they may think tit.
Precedence of bills after White suntide.
6.-After Whitsuntide, public bills, other than government bills, shall be arranged on the order book so as to give priority to the bills most advanced, and lords' amendments to public bills appointed to be considered shall be placed first, to be followed by third readings, considerations of report, bills in progress in committee, bills appointed for committee, and second readings.
Period for which notices of motion may be given.
7.-No notice shall be given beyond the period which shall include the four days next following on which notices are entitled to precedence ; due allowance being made for any intervening adjournment of the house, and the period being in that case so far extended as to include four notice days falling during the sitting of the house.
Time for taking private business.
8.-(1.) No opposed private business shall be set down for the sittings on Friday, or for a quarter-past eight on Wednesday between Easter and Whitsuntide.
(2.) All private business which is set down for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, and is not disposed of by three of the clock shall,
without question put, be postponed until such time as the chairman of ways and means may determine.
(3.) Provided that such private business shall always be taken at a quarter-past eight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, or as soon thereafter as any motion for the adjournment of the house standing over has been disposed of, and that such postponed business shall be distributed as near as may be proportionately between the sittings on which government business has precedence and the other sittings.
(4.) No opposed private business other than that then under consideration shall be taken after half-past nine of the clock.
(5.) Unopposed private business shall have precedence of opposed private business.
Questions. 9.-(1.) Notices of questions shall be given by members in writing to the Questions to clerk at the table, without reading them vivâ voce in the house, unless the members. consent of the speaker to any particular question has been previously obtained.
(2.) Questions shall be taken on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, after private business has been disposed of, and not later than three of the clock.
(3.) No questions shall be taken after a quarter before four of the clock, except questions which have not been answered in consequence of the absence of the minister to whom they are addressed, and questions which have not appeared on the paper, but which are of an urgent character, and relate either to matters of public importance or to the arrangement of business.
(4.) Any member who desires an oral answer to his question may distinguish it by an asterisk, but notice of any such question must appear at latest on the notice paper circulated on the day before that on which an answer is desired.
(5.) If any member does not distinguish his question by an asterisk, or if he or any other member deputed by him is not present to ask it, or if it is not reached by a quarter before four of the clock, the minister to whom it is addressed shall cause an answer to be printed and circulated with the votes, unless the member has signified bis desire to postpone the question.
Adjournment on Matter of Public Importance. 10.-No motion for the adjournment of the house shall be made until Motion for all the questions asked at the commencement of business on Monday, adjournment on
matter of urgent Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday have been disposed of, and no such
public importance. motion shall be made before the orders of the day, or notices of motion have been entered upon, except by leave of the house, unless a member rising in his place shall propose to move the adjournment for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, and not less than forty members shall thereupon rise in their places to support the motion, or unless, if fewer than forty members and not less than ten shall thereupon rise in their places, the house shall, on a division, upon question put forthwith, determine whether such motion shall be made. "If the motion is so supported, or the house so determines that it shall be made, it shall stand over until a quarter-past eight on the same day.
Bringing in Bills and Nominating Select Committees at Commencement
of Public Business. 11.-On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and, if set down by the government, Motions for leave on Mondays and Thursdays, motions for leave to bring in bills, and for the to bring in bills nomination of select committees, may be set down for consideration at the and nomination of
select committees commencement of public business. If such motions be opposed, Mr. Speaker, at commencement after permitting, if he thinks fit, a brief explanatory statement from the of public business. member who moves and from the member who opposes any such motion respectively, may, without further debate, put the question thereon, or the question, that the debate be now adjourned.
Orders of the Day. Orders of day to 12.-At the time fixed for the commencement of public business, on be read without days on which orders have precedence of notices of motions, and after the question put.
notices of motions have been disposed of, on all other days, Mr. Speaker shall direct the clerk at the table to read the orders of the day, without any
question being put. Order of disposing
13.—The orders of the day shall be disposed of in the order in which of orders of day. they stand upon the paper ; the right being reserved to His Majesty's
ministers of placing government orders or motions at the head of the list, in the rotation in which they are to be taken on the days on which government bills have precedence.
Appointment of committees.
Supply and Ways and Means. 14.-This house will, in future, appoint the committees of supply and ways and means at the commencement of every session, so soon as an address has been agreed to, in answer to His Majesty's speech.
Business of supply.
15.-(1.) As soon as the committee of supply has been appointed and estimates have been presented, the business of supply shall, until disposed of, be the first order of the day on Thursday, unless the house otherwise order on the motion of a minister of the crown, moved at the commencement of public business, to be decided without amendment or debate.
(2.) Not more than twenty days, being days before the 5th of August, shall be allotted for the consideration of the annual estimates for the army, navy, and civil services, including votes on account. The days allotted shall not include any day on which the question has to be put that the speaker do leave the chair, or any day on which the business of supply does not stand as first order.
(3) Provided that the days occupied by the consideration of estimates supplementary to those of a previous session or of any vote of credit, or of votes for supplementary or additional estimates presented by the government for war expenditure, or for any new service not included in the ordinary estimates for the year, shall not be included in the computation of the twenty days aforesaid.
(4.) Provided also that on motion made after notice, to be decided without amendment or debate, additional time, not exceeding three days, may be allotted for the purposes aforesaid, either before or after the 5th of August.
(5.) On a day so allotted, no business other than the business of supply shall be taken before eleven, and no business in committee or proceedings on report of supply shall be taken after eleven, whether a general order
business from interruption under the standing order (sittings of the house) is in force or not, unless the house otherwise order on the motivn of a minister of the crown, moved at the commencement of public business, to be decided without amendment or debate.
(6.) Of the days so allotted, not more than one day in committee shall be allotted to any vote on account, and not more than one sitting to the report of that vote, At eleven on the close of the day on which the committee on that vote is taken, and at the close of the sitting on which the report of that vote is taken, the chairman of committees or the speaker, as the case may be, shall forthwith put every question necessary to dispose of the vote or the report.
(7.) At ten of the clock on the last day but one of the days so allotted the chairman shall forthwith put every question necessary to dispose of the vote then under consideration, and shall then forth with put the question with respect to each class of the civil service estimates that the total amount of the votes outstanding in that class be granted for the services defined in the class, and shall in like manner put severally the questions that the total amounts of the votes outstanding in the estimates for the
navy, the army, and the revenue departments be granted for the services defined in those estimates.
(8.) At ten of the clock on the last, not being earlier than the twentieth, of the allotted days, the speaker shall forth with put every question necessary to dispose of the report of the resolution then under consideration, and shall then forthwith put, with respect to each class of the civil service estimates, the question, that the house doth agree with the committee in all the outstanding resolutions reported in respect of that class, and shall then put a like question with respect to all the resolutions outstanding in the estimates for the navy, the army, the revenue departments, and other outstanding resolutions severally.
(9.) On the days appointed for concluding the business of supply, the consideration of that business shall not be anticipated by a motion of adjournment, and no dilatory motion shall be moved on proceedings for that business and the business shall not be interrupted under any standing order.
(10.) Any additional estimate for any new matter not included in the original estimates for the year, shall be submitted for consideration in the committee of supply on some day not later than two days before the committee is closed.
(11.) For the purposes of this order two Fridays shall be deemed equivalent to a single sitting on any other day.
16.—The committees of supply and ways and means shall be fixed for Days for comMonday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and may also be appointed for any mittees of supply other day on which the house shall meet for despatch of business.
17.-Whenever the committee of supply stands as an order of the day, When chair to be Mr. Speaker shall leave the chair without putting any question, unless on left without ques first going into supply on the army, navy, or civil service estimates respectively, or on any vote of credit, an amendment be moved, or question raised, relating to the estimates proposed to be taken in supply.
Order in the House.
18.-(1.) Whenever any member shall have been named by the speaker, Order in debate or by the chairman of a committee of the whole house, immediately after the commission of the offence of disregarding the authority of the chair, or of abusing the rules of the house by persistently and wilfully obstructing the business of the house, or otherwise, then, if the offence has been committed by such member in the house, the speaker shall forthwith put the question, on a motion being made, no amendment, adjournment, or debate being allowed, “ That such member be suspended from the service of the house;" and, if the offence has been committed in a committee of the whole house, the chairman shall forthwith suspend the proceedings of the committee and report the circumstance to the house; and the speaker shall on a motion being made thereupon put the same question, without amendment, adjournment, or debate, as if the offence had been comiitted in the house itself.
(2.) If any member be suspended under this order, his suspension on the first occasion shall continue-for one-weeks of the-second occasion-for-a-fortnight-andon-the-third-or-any-subsequent-eeeasions-for-a-month.
(3.) Provided always, that suspension from the service of the house shall not exempt the member so suspended from serving on any committee for the consideration of a private bill to which he may have been appointed before his suspension.
(4.) Provided also, that not more than one member shall be named at the same time, unless several members, present together, have jointly disregarded the authority of the chair.