House of CommonsShort guide to procedure and practice

Appendix 1: Notices and deadlines

Type of notice

Where handed in

Deadlines etc.1

Authority required2

Adjournment debates
 
- half-hour at end of sitting
 
 
- at sittings in Westminster Hall

- Grand Committees

 
 
 
Speaker's Office
 

Speaker's Office
 
Speaker's Office

 
 

10 p.m. on Wednesday of previous week

10 p.m. on Tuesday of previous week

previous week (exact time notified to Members by Clerk of Committee)

 
 
 
Letter from the Member
 

Letter from the Member

Letter from the Member

Amendments to bills

Public Bill Office or Table Office3

Rising of the House two sitting days before (in order to be unstarred)4

Handed in by a Member or bearing signature of a Member

Early Day Motions

- new motions

 
 
 

- added names

 
 

Table Office

 
 
 

Table Office

 
 

Rising of the House for publication on following sitting day

 

10.30 p.m.(7.30 p.m. on Thursdays) for publication on following sitting day (recent EDMs only)5

 
 

Handed in by a Member or bearing signature of a Member

Member's signature on EDM or on a list of EDM numbers

Emergency debates

- applications for

 
 

Speaker's Office

 
 

12 noon (10.30 a.m. on Thursday) or as soon as possible after the urgency is known

 
 

Letter from the Member

Grand Committees - short debates

(see also Adjournment debates; Questions, oral)

Table Office

Rising of the House two weeks before

Handed in by a Member or bearing signature of a Member

Petitions - notice of formal presentation

Table Office

12 noon on the day for Monday-Wednesday; 10.30 a.m. on the day for Thursday; rising of the House on Thursday for Friday (N.B. the petition must first be endorsed by the Journal Office as conforming to the rules of the House)

Notice in person or in writing from a Member (not by phone)

Private Members' bills
 
- 10-minute rule
motion
 
 
 
- notice of
presentation
 
 
 
Public Bill Office
 
 

Public Bill Office

 
 
 
10 a.m. three weeks before
 
 
 
Rising of the House for next day
 
 
 
Written notice given in
person by the Member
 
Written notice given in
person by the Member

Private Notice Questions

Speaker's Office

12 noon for same day on Monday-Wednesday; 10.30 a.m. for same day on Thursday; 10 a.m. for same day on Friday

Letter from the Member

Questions
 
- oral
 
 
 
- written
 
 
Table Office
 
 
 
Table Office
 
 
5 p.m. two weeks before
 
 
10.30 p.m. (7.30 p.m. on Thursday) to count as tabled on that day4
 
 
Written notice handed in by a Member
 
Handed in by a Member or bearing signature of a Member

    1. The deadline is the rising of the House if this occurs before the time stated in the table. Some deadlines are earlier if the day for tabling or giving notice would otherwise fall during a recess.

    2. In all cases (except notice of formal presentation of a petition) the notice must be in writing, although questions may be withdrawn or 'unstarred' (i.e. changed from oral to written) by phone. Faxed signatures are not accepted for any type of notice. However, since Members may sign notices on behalf of each other, a notice can be faxed to another Member to be signed and handed in.

    3. On the day of Second Reading, amendments may be handed in only at the Table in the Chamber (immediately after Second Reading).

    4. Written questions and amendments to bills may be tabled on non-sitting Fridays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. These may also be tabled during recesses, but are not printed until 'printing days' shortly before the House returns; printing on such days counts as giving notice on that day.

    5. Except for the more recent EDMs, added names are not published until the following Thursday (see Early Day Motions).

 

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Prepared 14 February 2001