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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 16

II.—Rules of Debate, Divisions, Amendments

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II.—Rules of Debate, Divisions, Amendments.

Members to address the chair

39. Every member desiring to speak shall rise in his place, uncovered, and address himself to Mr. Speaker, or, in Committee, to the Chairman.

Motions must be seconded.

40. All motions shall be duly seconded before being proposed from the Chair (except in Committee of the whole); and if not so seconded, shall be forthwith dropped, and no entry be made thereof in the Journals.

When read a motion to be deemed in possession of the Council.

41. After a motion shall have been proposed from the Chair, it shall be deemed to be in possession of the Council, and shall not be withdrawn or altered without the unanimous consent of the Council.

Question of order or privilege to supersede original motion.

42. A motion having been moved and seconded, and the question thereupon proposed from the Chair, any question of order, or any matter of privilege, which may arise, shall supersede the consideration of the original question, and must be first disposed of.


43. While Mr. Speaker is putting a question, no member shall walk out of, or across the House; nor while a member is speaking, shall any member hold discourse to interrupt him, nor pass between him and the Chair.
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44. Whenever Mr. Speaker rises during a

When Mr Speaker rises Council o be silent.

debate, any member then speaking, or offering to speak, shall sit down, and the Council shall be silent, so that Mr. Speaker may be heard without interruption.
45. A member called to order by Mr.

Call to Order.

Speaker shall sit down, unless permitted to explain.
46. If, in consequence of highly disorderly

Member called upon by name after explanation to withdraw.

conduct, Mr. Speaker shall call upon any member by name, such member shall withdraw as soon as he has been heard in explanation; and after such member's withdrawal, the Council shall at once take the case into consideration.
47. In the case of a charge against a

Breach of order by a member: procedure.

member for any breach of the Orders of the Council, or on account of any matter that has arisen in debate, the charge shall be stated, and the question moved before the member accused withdraws; he shall then be allowed the opportunity of explaining to the Council the motives of his conduct in the matter alleged against him, and, after having so done, he shall withdraw.
48. Any member may of right require

A member may request that any question under discussion be read.

the question or matter in discussion to be read for his information at any time during the debate, but not so as to interrupt a member speaking.
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Member not to speak twice on the same question. Exceptions.

49. No member shall speak twice (except in Committees of the whole Council) on the same question, unless in explanation on some material point of his speech on which he had been misrepresented or misunderstood, and without introducing any new matter; but the mover of any question, not being an amendment, shall be allowed the liberty of reply; and after such reply, it shall not be competent to any member to speak to the subject in debate. And it shall be competent to a member, when he seconds a motion or amendment without speaking to it, to address the Council on the subject of such motion or amendment at any subsequent period of the debate.

Questions of privilege-

50. Whenever any matter of privilege arises, it shall immediately be taken into consideration.

Motion 'That this Council do now adjourn.

51. In course of a debate upon a question, any member who has not spoken on the original question, may move (except when a member is in possession of the Chair) "That this Council do now adjourn;" but no discussion shall take place on the original question; and if this second question is resolved in the affirmative, the original question shall be held to be entirely superseded; and the Council shall immediately adjourn till the next usual hour of commencing a sitting; and if the motion for adjournment be negatived, it shall not be page 13 competent to propose it again without some intermediate proceeding.
52. In like manner, in course of a debate,

Motion "That this debate be now adjourned"

any member who has not spoken on the original question, may move (except when a member is in possession of the Chair) "That this debate be now adjourned:" but Mr. Speaker shall confine the discussion as nearly as may be to the question of adjournment, and if such motion be carried, its effect will be merely to defer the decision of the Council on the original question; and if the motion for adjournment be negatived, it shall not be competent to propose it again without some intermediate proceeding.
53. When the motion for the adjournment

Resumption of debate.

of a debate has been agreed to, the Council shall forthwith fix a day for the resumption of such debate.
54. The member upon whose motion any

Mover of such motion to be titled to preaudience

debate shall be adjourned, shall be entitled to pre-audience on the resumption of the debate.
55. A question may be superseded: (1) By

Questions superseded.

the adjournment of the Council, either on

1. By adjournment.

the motion of a member "That this Council do now adjourn;" or, on notice being taken, and it appealing that a quorum is not present: (2) By a motion "That the page 14

2. By considering orders of the day.

Orders of the Day be now considered;" which motion, however, is restricted to days on which Notices have precedence of Orders

3. By previous Question.

of the Day: (3) By the previous question, viz., "That this question be now put," being

4. By Amendment.

proposed and negatived (but this cannot be proposed in Committee); and (4) By amendment.

If previous question resolved in the affirmative.

56. If the previous question ("that this question be now put") be resolved in the affirmative, the original question is to be put forthwith, without any amendment or debate.

Previous Question superseded by adjournment

57. A question for considering the Orders of the Day, and also "the previous question" may be superseded by the adjournment of the Council.

Debates interrupted.

58. The debate upon a question may be

1. Privilege.

interrupted: (1) By a matter of privilege

2. Words of heat.

suddenly arising; (2) By words of heat between members; (3) By questions of

3. Points of order.

order; (4) By a message from the

4. Messages.

Superintendent; (5) By a motion for reading an

5. Reading documents.

Act of Parliament, an entry in the Journals or other public document, relevant to the question before the Council.

Complicated questions may be divided.

59. The Council may order a complicated question to be divided.

Question "put" and again stated.

60. So soon as a debate upon a question is concluded, Mr. Speaker puts the question page 15 to the Council; and if the same should not be heard, will again state it to the Council.
61. A question being put, is resolved

Question determined by majority of voices.

in the affirmative or negative by the majority of voices "Aye," or "No."
62. Mr. Speaker states whether, in his

Mr Speaker states whether ayes or noes have it

opinion, the "Ayes" or the "Noes" "have it," and unless his opinion is acquiesced in by the minority, the question is determined by a division.
63. Immediately after a call for a division

Procedure on call for division.

the bell shall be rung, and at the expiration of three minutes, denoted by a sand-glass, the doors shall be locked, when Mr. Speaker shall again put the question, and if a division still be insisted on, direct the "Ayes" to go to the right and the "Noes" to the left, and appoint two tellers for each side. If on one of the sides there be not two tell ere, Mr. Speaker shall declare the resolution as previously decided on the voices.
64. An entry of every division list shall

Divisions to to entered in journals.

be made by the Clerk in the Journals.
65. In case of an equality of votes, Mr.

Casting vote.

Speaker shall give a casting vote; and any reasons stated by him may, if he so desire and shall order it, be entered in the Journals.
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No member to vote if personally interested.

66. No member shall be entitled to vote upon any question in which he has a direct pecuniary interest, either in the Council or Committee, and the vote of any member so interested will be disallowed.

Different forms of amendment.

67. A question having been proposed may be amended: (1) By leaving out certain words only; (2) By leaving out certain words in order to insert or add other words; or (3) By inserting or adding words.

Amendments to be seconded.

68. An amendment proposed but not seconded will not be entertained by the Council (except in Committee), nor entered in the Journals.

Amendments to leave out words.

69. When the proposed amendment is to leave out certain words, Mr. Speaker puts a question, "That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question," which is resolved by the Council in the affirmative or negative, as the case may be.

Amendment to leave out words and insert or add others.

70. When the proposed amendment is to leave out certain words, in order to insert or add other words, Mr. Speaker puts a question, "That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the question," which if resolved in the affirmative, disposes of the amendment; but if in the negative, another page 17 question is put, that the words of the amendment be inserted or added instead thereof, which is resolved in the affirmative or negative, as the case may be.
71. When the proposed amendment is to

Amendment to insert or add words.

insert or add certain words, Mr. Speaker puts a question that such words be inserted, or added, which is resolved in the affirmative or negative, as the case may be.
72. No amendment may be proposed in

When latter part of question has been amended or proposed to be amended.

any part of a question, after a latter part has been amended, or has been proposed to be amended, unless a proposed amendment has been by leave of the Council withdrawn.
73. No amendment may be proposed to

No amendment to be made to words already agreed to.

be made to any words which the Council has resolved shall stand part of a question, or shall be inserted in or added to a question, except the addition of other words thereto.
74. A proposed amendment may be, by

Proposed amendment withdrawn.

leave of the Council, withdrawn.
75. Amendments may be proposed to a

Amendments to proposed amendment.

proposed amendment, whenever it comes to a question whether the Council shall agree to such proposed amendment.
76. When amendments have been made,

Question as amended put.

the main question, as amended, is put.
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When amendments proposed but not made.

77. When amendments have been proposed, but not made, the question is put as originally proposed.