STANDING ORDERS CHAPTER 13

DISORDER

124 Chair ordering member to withdraw

 

Where the Speaker or Deputy Speaker considers the conduct of a member to be disorderly:

 

(1)

The Speaker or Deputy Speaker may order the member to withdraw from the House for up to one and a half hours. That order is not open to debate or dissent.

 

(2)

The member, whilst suspended, may still return to the Chamber to vote in a division.

 

(3)

If a member is ordered to withdraw under paragraph (1) and the House adjourns before the end of the suspension period, the member, subject to paragraph (2), will not return to the Chamber on the next sitting day until the remaining time has expired. Time is calculated from the end of the ringing of the bells.

125 Naming a member

 

A member may be named by the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker for:

 

(1)

Persistently and wilfully obstructing the business of the House; or

 

(2)

Being guilty of disorderly conduct; or

 

(3)

Using offensive words, and refusing to withdraw or apologise; or

 

(4)

Persistently and wilfully refusing to conform to any standing order, rule or practice of the House; or

 

(5)

Persistently and wilfully disregarding the authority of the Chair; or

 

(6)

Refusing to immediately follow an order to withdraw under SO 124.

126 Procedure following naming

 

(1)

After naming a member, the Deputy Speaker must immediately interrupt proceedings and advise the Speaker of the naming.

 

(2)

Following the naming of a member and a motion being moved 'That the member be suspended from the service of the House during the remainder of that day's sitting (or for such period as the House may think fit)', the Speaker must put the question immediately without amendment, adjournment or debate.

127 Suspension of member following naming

 

(1)

A member suspended under SO 126 must immediately withdraw from the House and must not re-enter the Chamber during the period of the suspension.

 

(2)

This Standing Order does not deprive the House of any other powers it may have to proceed against a member.

128 Directions to Serjeant-at-Arms

 

In all matters of contempt or misconduct, the Serjeant at Arms will act on the direction of the Speaker.

129 Grave disorder

 

In the case of grave disorder, the Speaker may adjourn the House without putting a question, or suspend any sitting for a time to be determined by the Speaker.

130 Contempt

 

Any person who disobeys an order of the House, or any person other than a member who wilfully interrupts the sitting of the House, may be declared guilty of contempt.