UK House of Commons

Life of a Standing Order

Date Change Text
07 March 1888 Made

That if at any sitting of the House, or in Committee, any Member shall take notice that Strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the Chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the Question, "That Strangers be ordered to withdraw," without permitting any Debate or Amendment: Provided that the Speaker, or the Chairman, may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of Strangers from any part of the House.

01 December 1902 Amended

If at any sitting of the house, or in committee, any member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, "That strangers be ordered to withdraw," without permitting any debate or amendment: provided that the speaker, or the chairman, may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the house.

28 January 1918 Amended

If at any sitting of the house, or in committee, any member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, "That strangers be ordered to withdraw," without permitting any debate or amendment: provided that the speaker, or the chairman, may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the house. Provided that any order made under this Standing Order shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

14 November 1933 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in committee, any member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, "That strangers be ordered to withdraw," without permitting any debate or amendment: provided that Mr. Speaker, or the chairman, may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the House. Provided that any order made under this Standing Order shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

28 July 1948 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, ' That strangers do withdraw,' without permitting any debate or amendment: Provided that Mr. Speaker, or the chairman, may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the House.

An order that strangers do withdraw shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

06 December 1951 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, ' That strangers do withdraw,' without permitting any debate or amendment: Provided that Mr. Speaker, or the chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the House.

An order that strangers do withdraw shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

01 August 1963 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, ' That strangers do withdraw,' without permitting any debate or amendment and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business: Provided that Mr. Speaker, or the chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the House.

An order that strangers do withdraw shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

08 March 1971 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, ' That strangers do withdraw,' and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business: Provided that Mr. Speaker, or the chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the House.

An order that strangers do withdraw shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

30 March 1983 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, ' That strangers do withdraw,' and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business: Provided that Mr. Speaker or the chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the House.

An order that strangers do withdraw shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

26 May 1989 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, 'That strangers do withdraw,' and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business: Provided that Mr. Speaker or the chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the House.

An order that strangers do withdraw shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

08 November 1991 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member shall take notice that strangers are present, Mr. Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, 'That strangers do withdraw', and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business: Provided that Mr. Speaker or the chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the House.

An order that strangers do withdraw shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

24 November 1994 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member shall take notice that strangers are present, the Speaker, or the chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith put the question, 'That strangers do withdraw', and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business: Provided that the Speaker or the chairman may, whenever she thinks fit, order the withdrawal of strangers from any part of the House.

An order that strangers do withdraw shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

04 June 1998 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member moves 'That the House sit in private' the Speaker or the Chairman shall forthwith put the question 'That the House sit in private', and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business, but such a Motion may be made no more than once in any sitting: Provided that the Speaker or the chairman may, whenever she thinks fit, order the withdrawal of those other than Members or Officers from any part of the House.

An order under paragraph (1) of this order shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

22 March 2001 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member moves 'That the House sit in private' the Speaker or the Chairman shall forthwith put the question 'That the House sit in private', and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business, but such a Motion may be made no more than once in any sitting: Provided that the Speaker or the chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of those other than Members or Officers from any part of the House.

An order under paragraph (1) of this order shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.

04 March 2010 Amended

If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member moves 'That the House sit in private' the Speaker or the chair shall forthwith put the question 'That the House sit in private', and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business, but such a Motion may be made no more than once in any sitting: Provided that the Speaker or the chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of those other than Members or Officers from any part of the House.

An order under paragraph (1) of this order shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.