STANDING ORDERS CHAPTER 14

TIME LIMITS

131 Time limit of speeches
      A member may speak for the specified period in the following debates:

Appropriation bills -- second reading

Mover

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from opposition

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

1 hour

Any other member

15 minutes

Government bills (excluding appropriation bills) -- second reading

Mover

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from opposition

30 minutes*

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

20 minutes*

Any other member

10 minutes

*Plus, where the minister speaks for more than 30 minutes, an additional time equivalent to the minister's time in excess of 30 minutes. If a minister incorporates a second reading speech, the Speaker may grant additional time if he or she believes the second reading speech would have taken more than 30 minutes to read aloud.

Private members' bills -- second reading

Mover

30 minutes

Lead speakers in response from government and/or opposition, each

30 minutes

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

20 minutes

Any other member

10 minutes

All bills -- consideration in detail

 

Mover

unlimited (in time and how often a mover may speak to a question)

Any other member

twice on each question, 5 minutes each time

Motions other than procedural motions

Mover

30 minutes

Lead speakers in response from government and/or opposition, each

30 minutes

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

20 minutes

Any other member

10 minutes

Procedural motions

These time limits apply to procedural motions, dilatory motions [6] and debate on the question that remaining business be postponed.

 

All members

5 minutes (subject to the overall time period) (maximum of 6 speakers or 30 minutes total debating time, whichever is the shorter)

No-confidence motions

Mover

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from opposition

unlimited

Lead speaker in response from any other party, each

1 hour

Any other member

15 minutes

Address-in-reply

Mover and seconder, each

20 minutes

Any other member

15 minutes

132 Right of reply to debate 
A reply to a maximum of 15 minutes will be allowed to a member who has moved a substantive motion or the second or third reading of a bill, and the reply will be confined to matters raised during the debate.