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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, for 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 fit.
Precedence of bills after Whit. 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 his 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 Tuesday, Wednesday: or Thursday have been disposed of, and no such matter of urgent
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 forth with, 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 thie 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 committoes.
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 estiinates 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 exempting business from interruption under the standing order (sittings of the house) is in force or not, 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.
(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 forth with 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 forth with 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 forthwith put every question necessary to dispose of the report of the resolution then under consideration, and shall then forth with 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.
and ways and
17.-Whenever the committee of supply stands as an order of the day, When chair to lo Mr. Speaker shall leave the chair without putting any question, unless on left without quesfirst 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 forth with 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 effence had been committed in the house itself.
(2.) If any member be suspended under this order, his suspension on the first occasion shall-continue-for-one-weeks-on-the-second-perasion-for-a-fortnight-andon the third-or-any-subsequent-orension-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 disregarderi the authority of the chair.
(5.) Provided also, that if any member, or members acting jointly, who have been suspended under this order from the service of the house, shall refuse to obey the direction of the speaker, when severally summoned under the speaker's orders by the serjeant-at-arms to obey such direction, the speaker shall call the attention of the house to the fact that recourse to force is necessary in order to compel obedience to his direction, and the member or members named by him as having refused to obey his direction shall thereupon and without further question put, be suspended from the service of the house during the remainder of the session.
(6.) Provided always, that nothing in this resolution shall be taken to deprive the house of the power of proceeding against any member according to ancient usages.
Note.—The words printed in erased type were struck out on the 13th February 1902, but the proceedings on the amendment of the standing order were not resumed after the 17th February 1902.
Irrelevance or repetition.
19.-Mr. Speaker or the chairman, after having called the attention of the house, or of the committee, to the conduct of a member, who persists in irrelevance, or tedious repetition either of his own arguments, or of the arguments used by other members in debate, may direct him to discontinue his speech
20.-(1.) Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall order members whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the house during the remainder of that day's sitting ; and the serjeant-at-arms shall act on such orders as he may receive from the chair in pursuance of this resolution. But if, on any occasion, Mr. Speaker or the chairman deems that his powers under this standing order are inadequate, he may name such member or members in pursuance of the standing order "Order in debate,” or he may call upon the house to adjudge upon the conduct of such member or members
(2.) Provided always, that members who are ordered to withdraw under this standing order, or who are suspended from the service of the house under the standing order "Order in debate,” shall forth with withdraw from the precincts of the house, subject, however, in the case of such suspended members, to the proviso in that standing order regarding their service on private bill committees.
Power of speaker
21.-In the case of grave disorder arising in the house the speaker may, to adjourn house if he thinks it necessary to do so, adjourn the house without question put, or suspend sitting, or suspend any sitting for a time to be named by him.
Debate on motion for adjournment.
Adjournment and Counting Out.
Dilatory motion in abuse of rules of house.
23.-If Mr. Speaker, or the chairman of a committee of the whole house, shall be of opinion that a motion for the adjournment of a debate, or of the house, during any debate, or that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, is an abuse of the rules of the house, he may forth with put the question thereupon from the chair, or he may decline to propose the question thereupon to the house,