STANDING ORDERS CHAPTER 11

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS PROGRAM

94 Agreement of program

 

(1)

Before the House meets in any week:

 

 

(a)

the Leader of the House, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Leader of the Third Party, or their nominees, may meet as a business committee to try to agree how the House will deal with government business that week;

 

 

(b)

after each meeting has finished, the outcome may be made public by any member of the business committee.

 

(2)

On the first day of the sitting week:

 

 

(a)

before government business is called on, the Leader of the House, or his or her nominee, may move, without leave, a motion setting times and dates (the completion time) by which consideration of specified items of government business and/or government bills must be completed in that sitting week;

 

 

(b)

the debate will last for a maximum of 30 minutes or until six members have spoken, whichever is the shorter;

 

 

(c)

subject to sub-paragraph (b), the time limit for each member speaking in the debate is five minutes.

95 Amendment to program

 

After a special meeting of the business committee:

 

(1)

The Leader of the House, or his or her nominee, at a change of business and without leave, may move a motion to amend the resolution agreed under SO 94.

 

(2)

The debate will last for a maximum of 30 minutes or until six members have spoken, whichever is the shorter.

 

(3)

Subject to paragraph (2), the time limit for each member speaking in the debate is five minutes.

 

(4)

Any change to the program comes into operation one hour after the motion is agreed to.

96 Circulation of amendments under the program

 

The following provisions apply to the circulation of amendments:

 

(1)

Amendments may be circulated under SO 64 and during consideration in detail of a bill; and

 

(2)

During consideration of amendments made or suggested by the Council:

 

 

(a)

a member may announce and circulate amendments to be proposed to the Council amendments, without leave but not when another member is speaking;

 

 

(b)

the announcement and request to circulate may not be debated.

 

(3)

Amendments circulated under paragraphs (1) or (2) may only be considered at the completion time under SO 98 and SO100 if they have been circulated not less than two hours earlier.

97 Interruption at completion time

 

At the completion time

if there are specified bills or items of business to be completed:

 

(1)

Unless a division is taking place, the Chair will interrupt the business before the House.

 

(2)

If a division is taking place:

 

 

(a)

it will be completed without interruption and the result announced;

 

 

(b)

if it is on a closure motion in relation to a non-specified bill or item of business, and the motion is agreed to, the question or questions then required to be put to close the issue before the House will also be dealt with;

 

 

(c)

the Chair then interrupts business.

98 Specified business or bill at the interruption

 

(1)

In the case of a specified item of business being considered at the interruption, the Chair will immediately put the question on any amendment and/or motion already proposed from the Chair, in order to conclude proceedings on the item.

 

(2)

In the case of a specified bill being considered at the interruption:

 

 

(a)

the Chair will immediately put the question on any amendment or motion already proposed from the Chair;

 

 

(b)

the consideration in detail, or any remaining consideration in detail stages, are dispensed with;

 

 

(c)

after resolution of any question or questions required by sub-paragraph (a) the Chair will immediately, subject to SO101, combine any remaining questions necessary:

 

 

 

(i)

to dispose of any amendments, new clauses and new schedules required by the government which have been circulated under SO 96 -- no other amendments, new clauses or new schedules will be proposed;

 

 

 

(ii)

to dispose of amendments made or suggested by the Council; and

 

 

 

(iii)

for the bill to be passed.

99 Non-specified business or bill at the interruption

 

(1)

If, at the interruption, the House is considering a non-specified item of business or bill, and there are specified bills or items of business to be concluded, the House will immediately consider the specified items of business or bills following the procedure under SO 100.

 

(2)

Any business under discussion and not completed at the time of the interruption will be resumed immediately after all specified items of business and bills have been dealt with. Any member speaking at the time of the interruption may then continue his or her speech.

100 Procedure for remaining items

 

(1)

The Chair will direct the Clerk to call on each relevant order of the day in turn.

 

(2)

In the case of any remaining specified items of business, the Chair will put a combined question (if required) in order to conclude the proceedings.

 

(3)

In relation to any remaining specified bills:

 

 

(a)

the consideration in detail, or any remaining consideration in detail stages are dispensed with; and

 

 

(b)

for all bills the Chair will, subject to SO 101, combine any remaining questions necessary:

 

 

 

(i)

to dispose of any amendments, new clauses and new schedules required by the government which have been circulated under SO 96 -- no other amendments, new clauses or new schedules will be proposed;

 

 

 

(ii)

to dispose of amendments made or suggested by the Council;

 

 

 

(iii)

for the bill to be passed.

101 Where questions cannot be combined

 

The Chair will not put combined questions under SO 98 or SO100 in the following circumstances:

 

(1)

Where the third reading of a bill must be passed with an absolute or special majority of the whole number of the members of the Assembly, the question for the third reading must be put separately.

 

(2)

Where amendments made or suggested by the Council are being considered, the Chair will put separate questions for each amendment -- provided that if no member objects by having given advance notice to the Chair, any, or all, of the questions may be combined, except where the amendments must be passed with an absolute or special majority of the whole number of the members of the Assembly.

102 Points of order and motions

 

(1)

The Chair will not accept any points of order once the completion time has arrived until all the required questions under SO 98 and SO 100 have been dealt with.

 

(2)

SO 155 relating to closure of debate (except for the use of the closure on dilatory motions) or guillotine shall not apply to any proceedings in respect of a specified item of business or bill.