UK House of Commons

Life of a Standing Order

Date Change Text
07 March 1888 Made

That, unless the House otherwise order, the House shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, at Three of the clock, and shall, unless previously adjourned, sit till One of the clock a.m., when 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.

That at midnight on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, except as aforesaid, and at half-past Five of the clock on Wednesdays, 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 ; and the business then under consideration, and any business subsequently appointed, shall be appointed for the next day on which the House shall sit, unless the Speaker ascertains by the preponderance of voices that a Majority of the House desires that such business should be deferred until a later day.

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 in Debate," have been decided.

That after the business under consideration at Twelve, and half-past Five respectively, has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken ; and the Orders of the Day, not disposed of at the close of the sitting, shall stand for the next day on which the House shall sit.

That 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 specified business if under discussion at Twelve this night, be not interrupted under the Standing Order 'Sittings of the House.' "

Provided always, That after any business exempted from the operation of this Resolution is disposed of, the remaining business of the sitting shall be dealt with according to the provisions applicable to business taken after Twelve o'clock.

Provided also, That the Chairman of Ways and Means do take the Chair as Deputy Speaker, when requested so to do by Mr. Speaker, without any formal communication to the House. And that Mr. Speaker do 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.

02 May 1902 Amended

That, unless the House otherwise order, the House shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at Two of the clock for an Afternoon Sitting, and at Nine of the clock for an Evening Sitting.

At one of the clock at the Evening sitting the Speaker shall adjourn the House without Question put, unless a Bill originating in Committee of Ways and Means, or 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.

That at half past seven of the clock and at midnight on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, except as aforesaid, and at half-past 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.

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 in Debate," have been decided.

That after the business under consideration at Twelve, and half-past Five respectively, has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken ; and after the Business under consideration at half-past Seven of the clock has been disposed of no other Business shall be taken.

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.

That 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 specified business if under discussion at Twelve 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 on the interruption of business at this Afternoon's Sitting, be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business at this Evening's Sitting."

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 Twelve o'clock.

Provided also that the Chairman of Ways and Means shall take the Chair as Deputy Speaker, when requested so to do by Mr. Speaker, without any formal communication to the House. And 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.

01 December 1902 Amended

Unless the house otherwise order, the house shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at two of the clock for an afternoon sitting, and at nine of the clock for an evening sitting.

At one of the clock at the evening sitting, 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.

At half-past seven of the clock and at midnight on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, except as aforesaid, and at half-past 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.

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," have been decided.

After the business under consideration at twelve and half-past five, respectively, has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken ; and after the business under consideration at half-past seven of the clock has been disposed of no other business shall be taken.

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.

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 specified business, if under discussion at twelve 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 on the interruption of business at this afternoon's sitting, be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business at this evening's sitting.

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 twelve o'clock.

Provided also, that the chairman of ways and means do take the chair as deputy speaker, when requested so to do by 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.

03 April 1906 Amended

Unless the house otherwise order, the house shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a quarter to three of the clock.

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.

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.

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," have been decided.

After the business under consideration at eleven and five, respectively, has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken.

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.

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 specified 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.

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.

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 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.

28 July 1909 Amended

Unless the house otherwise order, the house shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a quarter to three of the clock.

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.

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.

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," have been decided.

After the business under consideration at eleven and five, respectively, has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken.

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.

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 specified 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.

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.

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 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.

19 February 1919 Amended

Unless the house otherwise order, the house shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a quarter to three of the clock.

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.

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.

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," have been decided.

After the business under consideration at eleven and five, respectively, has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken.

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.

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 specified 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.

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.

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 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.

20 February 1919 Amended

Unless the house otherwise order, the house shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a quarter to three of the clock.

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.

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.

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," have been decided.

After the business under consideration at eleven and five, respectively, has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken.

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.

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 specified business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of the standing order ' sittings of the house,' " and, if such a motion be agreed to, the business so specified shall not be interrupted if it is under discussion at eleven o'clock that night, may be entered upon at any hour although opposed ; and, if under discussion when the business is postponed, may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.

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.

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 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.

21 December 1927 Amended

Unless the house otherwise order, the house shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a quarter to three of the clock.

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.

At eleven of the clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, except as aforesaid, and at four 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.

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," have been decided.

After the business under consideration at eleven and four respectively, has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken.

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.

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 specified business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of the standing order ' sittings of the house,' " and, if such a motion be agreed to, the business so specified shall not be interrupted if it is under discussion at eleven o'clock that night, may be entered upon at any hour although opposed, and, if under discussion when the business is postponed, may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.

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.

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 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.

14 November 1933 Amended

Unless the House otherwise order, the House shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a quarter to three of the clock.

At half-past eleven of the clock Mr. Speaker shall adjourn the House without question put, unless proceedings exempted as hereinafter provided from the operation of this standing order, be then under consideration.

At eleven of the clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, except as aforesaid, 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.

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, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and on any further motion, as provided in the rule "closure of debate," have been decided.

After the business under consideration at eleven has been disposed of, no opposed business except proceedings exempted as hereinafter provided from the operation of this Standing Order shall be taken.

The proceedings on a bill originating in committee of ways and means, proceedings made in pursuance of any act of parliament (including proceedings on the Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill), or proceedings in pursuance of any standing order, the proceedings on the reports of the committee of ways and means and of committees authorising the expenditure of public money, except the committee of supply, may be entered upon after eleven of the clock though opposed, shall not be interrupted under the provisions of this standing order, and if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.

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.

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 specified business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of the standing order ' Sittings of the House,' " and, if such a motion be agreed to, the business so specified shall not be interrupted if it is under discussion at eleven of the clock that night, may be entered upon at any hour although opposed, and, if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order, may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.

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 of the clock.

09 March 1945 Amended

Unless the House otherwise order, the House shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a quarter to three of the clock.

At half-past eleven of the clock Mr. Speaker shall adjourn the House without question put, unless proceedings exempted as hereinafter provided from the operation of this standing order, be then under consideration.

At eleven of the clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, except as aforesaid, 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.

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, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and on any further motion, as provided in the rule "closure of debate," have been decided.

After the business under consideration at eleven has been disposed of, no opposed business except proceedings exempted as hereinafter provided from the operation of this Standing Order shall be taken.

The proceedings on a bill originating in committee of ways and means, proceedings made in pursuance of any act of parliament (including proceedings on the Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill), or proceedings in pursuance of any standing order, the proceedings on the reports of the committee of ways and means and of committees authorising the expenditure of public money, except the committee of supply, may be entered upon after eleven of the clock though opposed, shall not be interrupted under the provisions of this standing order, and if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.

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.

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 specified business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of the standing order ' Sittings of the House,' " and, if such a motion be agreed to, the business so specified shall not be interrupted if it is under discussion at eleven of the clock that night, may be entered upon at any hour although opposed, and, if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order, may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.

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 of the clock.

04 November 1947 Amended

Unless the House otherwise order, the House shall meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at half-past two of the clock.

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution : Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been proposed after ten of the clock Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been proposed, adjourn the House without question put.

At ten of the clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, except as hereinafter provided, 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.

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, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and on any further motion, as provided in the rule "closure of debate," have been decided.

After the business under consideration at ten of the clock has been disposed of, no opposed business except proceedings exempted as hereinafter provided from the operation of this Standing Order shall be taken.

The proceedings on a bill originating in committee of ways and means, proceedings made in pursuance of any act of parliament (including proceedings on the Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill), or proceedings in pursuance of any standing order, the proceedings on the reports of the committee of ways and means and of committees authorising the expenditure of public money, except the committee of supply, may be entered upon after ten of the clock though opposed, shall not be interrupted under the provisions of this standing order, and if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.

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.

A motion may be made by a minister of the crown, either with or without notice at the commencement of public business to be decided without amendment or debate, to the effect either-

(a) That the proceedings on any specifed business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of the standing order ' Sittings of the House '; or

(b) That the proceedings on any specified business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of the standing order ' Sittings of the House ' for a specified period after the hour appointed for the interruption of business.

If a motion made under the preceding paragraph be agreed to, the business so specified shall not be interrupted if it is under discussion at the hour appointed for the interruption of business, may be entered upon at any hour although opposed, and, if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order, may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business: Provided that business exempted for a specified period shall not be entered upon, or be resumed after the expiration of that period, and, if not concluded earlier, shall be interrupted at the end of that period, and the relevant provisions of paragraphs (3) and (4) of this standing order shall then apply.

Provided always that not more than one motion under paragraph (8) may be made at any one sitting, and that, after any business exempted from the operation of the order is disposed of after ten of the clock, the remaining business of the sitting shall be dealt with according to the provisions applicable to business taken after the hour appointed for the interruption of business.

28 July 1948 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at half-past two of the clock, and will first proceed with private business, petitions, motions for unopposed returns and leave of absence to members, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

At ten of the clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, except as hereinafter provided, 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 report progress and ask leave to sit again ; and if a motion has been made 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 motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be moved ; and if moved, or if proceedings under standing order no. 29 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and on any further motion, as provided in standing order no. 29 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

The proceedings on a bill originating in committee of ways and means, proceedings made in pursuance of any act of parliament (including proceedings on the Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill), or proceedings in pursuance of standing order no. 87 (Contracts to be approved by resolution), the proceedings on the reports of the committee of ways and means and of the committees authorising the expenditure of public money, except the committee of supply, may be entered upon after ten of the clock though opposed, shall not be interrupted under the provisions of this order, and if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the clerk at the table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten of the clock has been disposed of, no opposed business except proceedings exempted as hereinafter provided from the operation of this order shall be taken.

A motion may be made by a minister of the crown, either with or without notice at the commencement of public business to be decided without amendment or debate, to the effect either-

(a) That the proceedings on any specifed business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of standing order no. 1 ( Sittings of the House) ; or

(b) That the proceedings on any specified business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of standing order no. 1 (Sittings of the House) for a specified period after ten of the clock.

If a motion made under the preceding paragraph be agreed to, the business so specified shall not be interrupted if it is under discussion at ten of the clock, may be entered upon at any hour although opposed, and, if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order, may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business: Provided that business exempted for a specified period shall not be entered upon, or be resumed after the expiration of that period, and, if not concluded earlier, shall be interrupted at the end of that period, and the relevant provisions of paragraphs (2) and (3) of this order shall then apply.

Not more than one motion under paragraph (7) may be made at any one sitting, and after any business exempted from the operation of this order is disposed of after ten of the clock, the remaining business of the sitting shall be dealt with according to the provisions applicable to business taken after ten of the clock.

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution: Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten of the clock Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

06 December 1951 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at half-past two of the clock, and will first proceed with private business, petitions, motions for unopposed returns and leave of absence to Members, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

At ten of the clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, except as hereinafter provided, 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 report progress and ask leave to sit again ; and if a motion has been made 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 motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be moved ; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 29 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and on any further motion, as provided in Standing Order No. 29 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten of the clock has been disposed of, no opposed business except proceedings exempted as hereinafter provided from the operation of this order shall be taken.

A motion may be made by a Minister of the Crown, either with or without notice at the commencement of public business to be decided without amendment or debate, to the effect either-

(a) That the proceedings on any specifed business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of Standing Order No. 1 ( Sittings of the House) ; or

(b) That the proceedings on any specified business be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of Standing Order No. 1 (Sittings of the House) for a specified period after ten of the clock.

If a motion made under the preceding paragraph be agreed to, the business so specified shall not be interrupted if it is under discussion at ten of the clock, may be entered upon at any hour although opposed, and, if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order, may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business: Provided that business exempted for a specified period shall not be entered upon, or be resumed after the expiration of that period, and, if not concluded earlier, shall be interrupted at the end of that period, and the relevant provisions of paragraphs (2) and (3) of this order shall then apply.

The proceedings on a bill originating in Committee of Ways and Means, proceedings made in pursuance of any Act of Parliament (including proceedings on the Army and Air Force (Annual) Bill), or proceedings in pursuance of Standing Order No. 87 (Contracts to be approved by resolution), the proceedings on the reports of the Committee of Ways and Means and of the committees authorising the expenditure of public money, except the Committee of Supply, may be entered upon after ten of the clock though opposed, shall not be interrupted under the provisions of this order, and if under discussion when the business is postponed under the provisions of any standing order may be resumed and proceeded with, though opposed, after the interruption of business.

Not more than one motion under paragraph (6) may be made at any one sitting, and after any business exempted from the operation of this order is disposed of after ten of the clock, the remaining business of the sitting shall be dealt with according to the provisions applicable to business taken after ten of the clock.

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution: Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten of the clock Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

25 October 1960 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at half-past two of the clock, and will first proceed with private business, petitions, motions for unopposed returns and leave of absence to Members, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

At ten of the clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration, except business exempted under Standing Order No. 1A (Exemptions from Standing Order No. 1 (Sittings of the House)), shall be interrupted ; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again ; and if a motion has been made 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 motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be moved ; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 29 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and on any further motion, as provided in Standing Order No. 29 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten of the clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, except proceedings exempted under Standing Order No. 1A (Exemptions from Standing Order No. 1 (Sittings of the House)).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution: Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten of the clock Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

01 August 1963 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at half-past two of the clock, and will first proceed with private business, petitions, motions for unopposed returns and leave of absence to Members, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

At ten of the clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 2 (Exempted business), be interrupted ; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again ; and if a motion has been made 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 motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be moved ; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 31 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 31 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten of the clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 2 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by Mr. Speaker in pursuance of Standing Order No. 26 (Power of Mr. Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting) : Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten of the clock Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

08 March 1971 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at half-past two o'clock, and will first proceed with private business, petitions, motions for unopposed returns, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 9 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business), be interrupted ; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again ; and if a motion has been made 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 motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be moved ; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 30 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 30 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by Mr. Speaker in pursuance of paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 2 (Sittings of the House (suspended sittings)) or Standing Order No. 26 (Power of Mr. Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting) : Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

04 April 1974 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at half-past two o'clock, and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 9 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business), be interrupted ; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again ; and if a motion has been made 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 motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be moved ; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 30 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 30 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by Mr. Speaker in pursuance of paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 2 (Sittings of the House (suspended sittings)) or Standing Order No. 26 (Power of Mr. Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting) : Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

30 March 1983 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at half-past two o'clock, and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 10 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again ; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed ; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 31 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 31 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by Mr. Speaker in pursuance of paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 2 (Sittings of the House (suspended sittings)) or Standing Order No. 27 (Power of Mr. Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting) : Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock, Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

23 May 1985 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at half-past two o'clock, and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 10 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 31 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 31 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 3 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by Mr. Speaker in pursuance of paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 2 (Sittings of the House (suspended sittings)) or Standing Order No. 27 (Power of Mr. Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting) : Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock, Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

12 November 1986 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at half-past two o'clock, and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 20 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 35 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 35 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by Mr. Speaker in pursuance of paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 10 (Sittings of the House (suspended sittings)) or Standing Order No. 45 (Power of Mr. Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting) : Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock, Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

26 May 1989 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at half-past two o'clock and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 20 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 35 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, Mr. Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 35 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by Mr. Speaker in pursuance of paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 10 (Sittings of the House (suspended sittings)) or Standing Order No. 45 (Power of Mr. Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting) : Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock, Mr. Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

24 November 1994 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at half-past two o'clock and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns, questions and ballots for notices of motions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 20 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 35 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, the Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 35 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by the Speaker in pursuance of paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 10 (Sittings of the House (suspended sittings)) or Standing Order No. 45 (Power of the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting) : Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock the Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

02 November 1995 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at half-past two o'clock and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 20 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 35 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, the Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 35 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 14 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by the Speaker in pursuance of Standing Order No. 45 (Power of the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting): Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock in the evening the Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

20 March 1997 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at half-past two o'clock and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, the Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at ten o'clock has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by the Speaker in pursuance of Standing Order No. 46 (Power of the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting): Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after ten o'clock in the evening the Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

29 October 2002 Amended

The House shall meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at half-past two o'clock and Thursdays at half-past eleven o'clock and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at seven o'clock on Thursdays (the 'moment of interruption'), the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, the Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at the moment of interruption has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by the Speaker in pursuance of Standing Order No. 46 (Power of the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting): Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after the moment of interruption, the Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

26 January 2005 Amended

Subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot), the House shall meet on Mondays and Tuesdays at half-past two o'clock, on Wednesdays at half-past eleven o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past ten o'clock and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions: Provided that, when the House sits on a Wednesday which immediately follows a periodic adjournment of more than two days or is the first day of a Session, references to specific times in the Standing Orders of this House shall apply as if that day were a Monday.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 24 (Adjournment on specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays and Tuesdays, at seven o'clock on Wednesdays and at six o'clock on Thursdays (the 'moment of interruption'), the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, the Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at the moment of interruption has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by the Speaker in pursuance of Standing Order No. 46 (Power of the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting): Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after the moment of interruption, the Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

12 November 2008 Amended

Subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot), the House shall meet on Mondays and Tuesdays at half-past two o'clock, on Wednesdays at half-past eleven o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past ten o'clock and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions: Provided that, when the House sits on a Wednesday which immediately follows a periodic adjournment of more than two days or is the first day of a Session, references to specific times in the Standing Orders of this House shall apply as if that day were a Monday.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 24 (Emergency debates), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays and Tuesdays, at seven o'clock on Wednesdays and at six o'clock on Thursdays (the 'moment of interruption'), the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the chairman shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or that the House has considered a specified matter, or in committee that the chairman do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, the Speaker or the chairman shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at the moment of interruption has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by the Speaker in pursuance of Standing Order No. 46 (Power of the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting): Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after the moment of interruption, the Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

04 March 2010 Amended

Subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot), the House shall meet on Mondays and Tuesdays at half-past two o'clock, on Wednesdays at half-past eleven o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past ten o'clock and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions: Provided that, when the House sits on a Wednesday which immediately follows a periodic adjournment of more than two days or is the first day of a Session, references to specific times in the Standing Orders of this House shall apply as if that day were a Monday.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 24 (Emergency debates), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays and Tuesdays, at seven o'clock on Wednesdays and at six o'clock on Thursdays (the 'moment of interruption'), the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the occupant of the chair shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or that the House has considered a specified matter, or in committee that the occupant of the chair do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, the Speaker or the occupant of the chair shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at the moment of interruption has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by the Speaker in pursuance of Standing Order No. 46 (Power of the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting): Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after the moment of interruption, the Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.

11 July 2012 Amended

Subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 1B (Election of Speaker by secret ballot), the House shall meet on Mondays at half-past two o'clock, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at half-past eleven o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past nine o'clock and will first proceed with private business, motions for unopposed returns and questions: Provided that, when the House sits on a Tuesday or Wednesday which immediately follows a periodic adjournment of more than two days or is the first day of a Session, references to specific times in the Standing Orders of this House shall apply as if that day were a Monday.

No motion for the adjournment of the House shall be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until all the questions asked at the commencement of public business shall have been disposed of, and, save as provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 24 (Emergency debates), no Member other than a Minister of the Crown may make such a motion on any day before the orders of the day or notices of motions shall have been entered upon.

At ten o'clock on Mondays, at seven o'clock on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at five o'clock on Thursdays (the 'moment of interruption'), the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall, save as otherwise provided in paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business), be interrupted; and, if the House be in committee, the occupant of the chair shall leave the chair, and report progress and ask leave to sit again; and if a motion has been made for the adjournment of the House (unless that motion is included in a motion to be made after the interruption of business under paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business)), or of the debate, or that the House has considered a specified matter, or in committee that the occupant of the chair do report progress, or do leave the chair, every such motion shall lapse.

On the interruption of business the closure may be claimed; and if moved, or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate) be then in progress, the Speaker or the occupant of the chair shall not leave the chair until the questions consequent thereon and any further question, as provided in Standing Order No. 36 (Closure of debate), have been decided.

An order of the day not disposed of before the termination of a sitting shall be deferred to such day being a day on which the House ordinarily sits as the Member in charge of that order may appoint and any order of the day not reached before the termination of a sitting shall, unless the Member in charge of the order has given other instructions to the Clerk at the Table, stand over until the next sitting.

After the business under consideration at the moment of interruption has been disposed of, no opposed business shall be taken, save as provided in Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business).

The House shall not be adjourned except in pursuance of a resolution or by the Speaker in pursuance of Standing Order No. 46 (Power of the Speaker to adjourn House or suspend sitting): Provided that, when a substantive motion for the adjournment of the House has been made at or after the moment of interruption, the Speaker shall, after the expiration of half an hour after that motion has been made, adjourn the House without putting any question.