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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84

Extracts From Dictionary of Parliamentary Terms

Extracts From Dictionary of Parliamentary Terms.

Government Orders, are the bills brought in by the Government, and which they are entitled to place at the head of the list of orders of the day on Mondays, Thurs- days, and Fridays.

Half-Past Twelve Rule, The Pro- hibits, subject to certain exceptions, the House of Commons entering upon opposed business after 12.30 a.m.

Instruction, An, empowers a Committee of the whole House to consider matters not otherwise referred to them, and restricts or extends the order of reference to a Select Committee.

La Reyne. Le Veult. The words in which the Queen gives her Royal Assent to -public general bills.

Members' Lobby. This is strictly reserved for peers and members only, and for such permanent officials, secretaries of Ministers, and others as the Speaker may include in a special list

Privilege, A Question of, is founded on a matter directly concerning the privileges of the House recently arisen, and calling for its immediate interposition. Such a matter may be considered without notice, and takes precedence of all other business.

Sessional Orders are agreed to at the commencement of each Session, and are not intended to continue beyond that period.

Soit Fait Comme II. Est Desire. The words in which the Royal Assent is given to Private Bills.

Teller. Is a member appointed by the Speaker when a division takes place, to count the number of members voting for or against a motion. Two are appointed for each side.