UK House of Commons

Life of a Standing Order

Date Change Text
18 March 1887 Made

That, after a Question has been proposed, a Member rising in his place may claim to move, "That the Question be now put," and, unless it shall appear to the Chair that such Motion is an abuse of the Rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the Question "That the Question be now put," shall be put forthwith and decided without Amendment or Debate :

When the Motion "That the Question be now put" has been carried, and the Question consequent thereon has been decided, any further Motion may be made (the assent of the Chair as aforesaid not having been witheld) which may be requisite to bring to a decision any Question already proposed from the Chair ; and also if a Clause be then under consideration, a Motion may be made (the assent of the Chair as aforesaid not having been witheld), That the Question, That certain words of the Clause defined in the Motion stand part of the Clause, or That the Clause stand part of, or be added to the Bill, be now put. Such Motions shall be put forthwith, and decided without Amendment or Debate :

Provided always, that Questions for the Closure of Debate shall not be decided in the affirmative, if a Division be taken, unless it shall appear by the numbers declared from the Chair, that such Motion was supported by more than Two Hundred Members, or was opposed by less than Forty Members, and supported by more than One Hundred Members :

Provided always, that this Rule shall be put in force only when the Speaker or the Chairman of Ways and Means is in the Chair.

07 March 1888 Amended

That, after a Question has been proposed, a Member rising in his place may claim to move, "That the Question be now put," and, unless it shall appear to the Chair that such Motion is an abuse of the Rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the Question "That the Question be now put," shall be put forthwith, and decided without Amendment or Debate :

When the Motion "That the Question be now put" has been carried, and the Question consequent thereon has been decided, any further Motion may be made (the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld) which may be requisite to bring to a decision any Question already proposed from the Chair ; and also if a Clause be then under consideration, a Motion may be made (the assent of the Chair as aforesaid not having been witheld), That the Question, That certain words of the Clause defined in the Motion stand part of the Clause, or That the Clause stand part of, or be added to the Bill, be now put. Such Motions shall be put forthwith, and decided without Amendment or Debate :

Provided always, that this Rule shall be put in force only when the Speaker or the Chairman of Ways and Means is in the Chair.

01 December 1902 Amended

After a question has been proposed a member rising in his place may claim to move, "That the question be now put," and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the house, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, "That the question be now put," shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

When the motion "That the question be now put" has been carried, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, any further motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld) which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair ; and also if a clause be then under consideration, a motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld), that the question, that certain words of the clause defined in the motion stand part of the clause, or that the clause stand part of, or be added to the bill, be now put. Such motions shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

Provided always, that this rule shall be put in force only when the speaker or the chairman of ways and means is in the chair.

28 July 1909 Amended

After a question has been proposed a member rising in his place may claim to move, "That the question be now put," and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the house, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, "That the question be now put," shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

When the motion "That the question be now put" has been carried, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, any further motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld) which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair ; and also if a clause be then under consideration, a motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld), that the question, that certain words of the clause defined in the motion stand part of the clause, or that the clause stand part of, or be added to the bill, be now put. Such motions shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

A motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been withheld) that, with respect to certain words in a motion, clause, or schedule under debate defined in the motion, the chair be empowered to select the amendments to be proposed. Such a motion shall be put forthwith and decided without amendment or debate. If the motion is carried the chair shall then and thereafter exercise the power of selecting the amendments to be proposed on the words so defined. The chair may, if the chair thinks fit, ask any member who has given notice of an amendment to give such explanation of the object of the amendment as may enable the chair to form a judgement upon it. Provided that the power of selection shall not be exercised by the chairman of a standing committee.

Provided always, that this rule shall be put in force only when the speaker or the chairman of ways and means or deputy chairman is in the chair.

20 February 1919 Amended

After a question has been proposed a member rising in his place may claim to move, "That the question be now put," and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the house, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, "That the question be now put," shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

When the motion "That the question be now put" has been carried, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, any further motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld) which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair ; and also if a clause be then under consideration, a motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld), that the question, that certain words of the clause defined in the motion stand part of the clause, or that the clause stand part of, or be added to, the bill, be now put. Such motions shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

Provided always that this rule shall be put in force only when the speaker or the chairman of ways and means or deputy chairman is in the chair.

14 November 1933 Amended

After a question has been proposed a member rising in his place may claim to move, "That the question be now put," and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, "That the question be now put," shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

When the motion "That the question be now put" has been carried, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, any further motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld) which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair.

When a clause is under consideration, a motion may be made (the assent of the chair as aforesaid, not having been witheld), that the question, that certain words of the clause defined in the motion stand part of the clause, or that the clause stand part of, or be added to, the bill, be now put.

Such motions shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

Provided always that this rule shall be put in force only when Mr. Speaker or, in committee, the chairman of ways and means or deputy chairman is in the chair.

28 July 1948 Amended

After a question has been proposed a member rising in his place may claim to move, ' That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, ' That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

When the motion ' That the question be now put ' has been carried, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, any further motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld) which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair.

When a clause is under consideration, a motion may be made (the assent of the chair as aforesaid, not having been witheld), that the question, that certain words of the clause defined in the motion stand part of the clause, or that the clause stand part of, or be added to, the bill, be now put.

Such motions shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

This order shall be put in force only when Mr. Speaker or, in committee, the chairman of ways and means or deputy chairman is in the chair.

06 December 1951 Amended

After a question has been proposed a Member rising in his place may claim to move, ' That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, ' That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

When the motion ' That the question be now put ' has been carried, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, any further motion may be made (the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, not having been witheld) which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair.

When a clause is under consideration, a motion may be made (the assent of the chair as aforesaid, not having been witheld), that the question, that certain words of the clause defined in the motion stand part of the clause, or that the clause stand part of, or be added to, the bill, be now put.

Such motions shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

This order shall be put in force only when Mr. Speaker or, in committee, the Chairman of Ways and Means or Deputy Chairman is in the chair.

01 August 1963 Amended

After a question has been proposed a Member rising in his place may claim to move, ' That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, ' That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

When a question ' That the question be now put ' has been decided in the affirmative, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, a Member may claim that any further question be put which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair, and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, any question so claimed shall be put forthwith and decided without amendment or debate.

When a clause or schedule is under consideration, a motion may be made that the question, that certain words of the clause or schedule defined in the motion stand part of the clause or schedule or ' That the clause (or the clause as amended) stand part of the bill ', or ' That this schedule (or, this schedule as amended) be the schedule to the bill', or ' That the clause or schedule be aded to the bill ', be now put and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, the question on that motion shall be put forthwith and decided without amendment or debate.

This order shall be put in force only when Mr. Speaker or, in committee, the Chairman of Ways and Means or Deputy Chairman is in the chair.

14 December 1966 Amended

After a question has been proposed a Member rising in his place may claim to move, ' That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, ' That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

When a question ' That the question be now put ' has been decided in the affirmative, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, a Member may claim that any further question be put which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair, and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, any question so claimed shall be put forthwith and decided without amendment or debate.

When a clause or schedule is under consideration, a motion may be made that the question, that certain words of the clause or schedule defined in the motion stand part of the clause or schedule or ' That the clause (or the clause as amended) stand part of the bill ', or ' That this schedule (or, this schedule as amended) be the schedule to the bill', or ' That the clause or schedule be aded to the bill ', be now put and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, the question on that motion shall be put forthwith and decided without amendment or debate.

Except as provided in paragraph (10) of Standing Order No. 18 (Business of supply) this order shall be put in force only when Mr. Speaker or, in committee, the Chairman of Ways and Means or Deputy Chairman is in the chair.

14 November 1967 Amended

After a question has been proposed a Member rising in his place may claim to move, ' That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the Chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, ' That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith, and decided without amendment or debate.

When a question ' That the question be now put ' has been decided in the affirmative, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, a Member may claim that any further question be put which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the Chair, and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, any question so claimed shall be put forthwith and decided without amendment or debate.

When a clause or schedule is under consideration, a motion may be made that the question, that certain words of the clause or schedule defined in the motion stand part of the clause or schedule or ' That the clause (or the clause as amended) stand part of the bill ', or ' That this schedule (or, this schedule as amended) be the schedule to the bill', or ' That the clause or schedule be aded to the bill ', be now put and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, the question on that motion shall be put forthwith and decided without amendment or debate.

This order shall be put in force only when Mr. Speaker or, in committee, the Chairman of Ways and Means or Deputy Chairman is in the chair ; except that,

(a) during any proceedings on or in relation to the business of Supply, and

(b) during proceedings upon consideration of the report of a bill,

the order may be put in force when Mr. Deputy Speaker is in the chair.

08 March 1971 Amended

After a question has been proposed a Member rising in his place may claim to move, ' That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the Chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, ' That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith.

When a question ' That the question be now put ' has been decided in the affirmative, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, a Member may claim that any further question be put which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the Chair, and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, any question so claimed shall be put forthwith.

When a clause or schedule is under consideration, a motion may be made that the question, that certain words of the clause or schedule defined in the motion stand part of the clause or schedule or ' That the clause (or the clause as amended) stand part of the bill ', or ' That this schedule (or, this schedule as amended) be the schedule to the bill', or ' That the clause or schedule be aded to the bill ', be now put and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, the question on that motion shall be put forthwith.

This order shall be put in force only when Mr. Speaker or, in committee, the Chairman of Ways and Means or Deputy Chairman is in the chair ; except that,

(a) during any proceedings on or in relation to the business of supply, and

(b) during proceedings upon consideration of the report of a bill,

the order may be put in force when Mr. Deputy Speaker is in the chair.

16 November 1971 Amended

After a question has been proposed a Member rising in his place may claim to move, ' That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the Chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, ' That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith.

When a question ' That the question be now put ' has been decided in the affirmative, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, a Member may claim that any further question be put which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the Chair, and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, any question so claimed shall be put forthwith.

When a clause or schedule is under consideration, a motion may be made that the question, that certain words of the clause or schedule defined in the motion stand part of the clause or schedule or ' That the clause (or the clause as amended) stand part of the bill ', or ' That this schedule (or, this schedule as amended) be the schedule to the bill', or ' That the clause (or schedule) be aded to the bill ', be now put and if the assent of the Chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, the question on that motion shall be put forthwith.

This order shall be put in force in committee only when the Chairman of Ways and Means or either Deputy Chairman is in the chair.

30 March 1983 Amended

After a question has been proposed a Member rising in his place may claim to move, ' That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, ' That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith.

When a question ' That the question be now put ' has been decided in the affirmative, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, a Member may claim that any further question be put which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair, and if the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, any question so claimed shall be put forthwith.

When a clause or schedule is under consideration, a motion may be made that the question, that certain words of the clause or schedule defined in the motion stand part of the clause or schedule or ' That the clause (or the clause as amended) stand part of the bill ', or ' That this schedule (or, this schedule as amended) be the schedule to the bill', or ' That the clause (or schedule) be aded to the bill ', be now put and if the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, the question on that motion shall be put forthwith.

This order shall apply in committee only when the Chairman of Ways and Means or either Deputy Chairman is in the chair.

27 February 1986 Amended

After a question has been proposed a Member rising in his place may claim to move, ' That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question, ' That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith.

When a question ' That the question be now put ' has been decided in the affirmative, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, a Member may claim that any further question be put which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair, and if the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, any question so claimed shall be put forthwith.

This order shall apply in committee only when the Chairman of Ways and Means or either Deputy Chairman is in the chair.

26 May 1989 Amended

After a question has been proposed a Member rising in his place may claim to move, 'That the question be now put,' and, unless it shall appear to the chair that such motion is an abuse of the rules of the House, or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question 'That the question be now put,' shall be put forthwith.

When a question 'That the question be now put' has been decided in the affirmative, and the question consequent thereon has been decided, a Member may claim that any further question be put which may be requisite to bring to a decision any question already proposed from the chair, and if the assent of the chair, as aforesaid, be not withheld, any question so claimed shall be put forthwith.

This order shall apply in committee only when the Chairman of Ways and Means or either Deputy Chairman is in the chair.