STANDING ORDERS CHAPTER 18

AMENDMENTS, GENERAL PRINCIPLES

157 Motion to amend

 

(1)

A member may amend a question that has been proposed:

 

 

(a)

by omitting certain words; or

 

 

(b)

by omitting certain words in order to insert or add others; or

 

 

(c)

by inserting or adding words.

 

(2)

An amendment must be relevant to the question it is proposed to amend.

 

(3)

A member must deliver the terms of an amendment in writing to the Clerk.

 

(4)

Debate on an amendment must be strictly confined to the terms of that amendment.

 

(5)

A proposed amendment may be withdrawn with the leave of the House.

 

(6)

An amendment may be moved to a proposed amendment as if the proposed amendment were the original question.

 

(7)

A member must not move an amendment to a part of a question if a later part of that question has been amended or has been proposed to be amended, unless that proposed amendment has been withdrawn.

 

(8)

A member must not move an amendment to any words that the House has resolved should:

 

 

(a)

stand part of the question; or

 

 

(b)

be inserted or added to a question --

 

 

except to add other words.

158 Procedure for inserting, adding or omitting words

 

If the proposed amendment is to insert or add words, the Chair must put the question 'That such words be inserted or added'. If the proposed amendment is to leave out words, the Chair must put the question 'That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question'.

159 Substituting words

 

If the proposed amendment is to leave out certain words in order to insert or add other words, the following procedure is observed:

 

(1)

The Chair must first put the question 'That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question'. If that question is resolved in the affirmative, the amendment is disposed of.

 

(2)

If the question is defeated, the Chair must then put the question 'That the words proposed in the amendment be inserted'.

160 Order of moving amendments to figures

 

If a proposed amendment involves an issue between a greater and lesser sum, or a longer or shorter time, the least sum and longest time must be put to the question first.

161 Main motion

 

(1)

When amendments have been made, the main question must be put as amended. When amendments have been moved but not made, the main question must be put as originally proposed.

 

(2)

If no member objects, the Chair may put the question 'That the amendment be agreed to' instead of the question or questions in SO 158 and SO 159.