STANDING ORDERS CHAPTER 15

LIMITATION ON DEBATE

133 Declaration of urgent bill

 

(1)

A minister may move that a bill be treated as urgent:

 

 

(a)

on the reading of a message from the Governor recommending an appropriation in connection with the bill;

 

 

(b)

at any stage of the bill.

 

(2)

If 20 members rise in their places to indicate their support, the question 'That the bill be considered an urgent bill' is put at once without amendment or debate. If the motion is passed, a minister may at any time (but without interrupting a member who is speaking) move another motion specifying the time which is to be allotted for one or more of the following:

 

 

(a)

the stages of the bill (including anything preliminary to its introduction) before the second reading;

 

 

(b)

the second reading;

 

 

(c)

the consideration in detail stage, or any parts of it;

 

 

(d)

the remaining stages.

 

(3)

The time allotted for the consideration in detail stage may be further subdivided so that particular clauses or parts of the bill have a specific time set aside for them.

 

 

 

134 Declaration of urgent motion

 

A minister may move that a motion that is being considered be treated as urgent. If 20 members rise in their places to indicate their support, the question is put at once, without amendment or debate. If the motion is passed, a minister may move another motion specifying the time which is to be allotted to the motion.

 

 

 

135 Debate on allotment of time

 

Debate on a motion specifying the time to be allotted for an urgent bill or motion will last for a maximum of 30 minutes, or until six members have spoken, whichever is the shorter. Subject to the overall time period a member may speak in the debate for five minutes. At the end of the total period allowed, the Chair must interrupt the debate and put the question.

 

 

 

136 Time set for urgent bills and motions

 

The times allotted by the House for urgent bills or motions override anything to the contrary in any standing or sessional order and are exclusive of any adjournment or suspension of a sitting.

 

 

 

137 Proceedings to conclude at a set time

 

(1)

When the time allotted under any of the motions passed under SOs 133 to 135 has expired:

 

 

(a)

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

 

 

(b)

in the case of a bill at the consideration in detail stage or at any of its remaining stages, the Chair then puts any clauses, schedules, amendments to clauses and schedules, new clauses and new schedules required by the government, followed by any motions necessary to complete the business before the House. No other amendments, new clauses or new schedules will be proposed.

 

(2)

The government must circulate to members copies of its proposed amendments, new clauses and new schedules at least two hours before the time set aside has passed.

 

 

 

138 Precedence of urgent bill or motion

 

When the time fixed to start consideration of an urgent bill or motion is reached, the Speaker will interrupt the business before the House. Any business under discussion will be resumed immediately after proceedings on the urgent bill or motion has ended. Any member speaking at the time of the interruption may, when debate resumes, continue his or her speech.

 

 

 

139 Urgent bill or motion not to be interrupted

 

(1)

Consideration of a matter for which time has been allotted may not be interrupted by a motion except that a minister may move any of the following:

 

 

(a)

a dilatory motion;

 

 

(b)

a motion to extend the scope of the bill;

 

 

(c)

a motion to postpone a clause;

 

 

(d)

a motion to reconsider the bill (in whole or in part) in detail.

 

(2)

A closure motion cannot be moved.

 

(3)

The question on a minister's motion must be put immediately and without amendment or debate.