Standing Orders of the House of Commons - Public Business 2002 Contents


STANDING ORDERS 2002

Strangers



  161.—(1) The Serjeant at Arms attending this House shall take into his custody any stranger whom he may see, or who may be reported to him to be, in any part of the House or gallery appropriated to the Members of this House, and also any stranger who, having been admitted into any other part of the House or gallery, shall misconduct himself, or shall not withdraw when strangers are directed to withdraw, while the House, or any committee of the whole House, is sitting. Duties of Serjeant at Arms with respect to strangers.
  
  (2) The power conferred upon the Serjeant at Arms by paragraph (1) of this order may, if the chairman so directs, be exercised in respect of strangers present at sittings of select and standing committees.
  
  162. No Member of this House shall presume to bring any stranger into any part of the House or gallery appropriated to the Members of this House while the House, or a committee of the whole House, is sitting. Places to which strangers are not admitted.
  
  163.—(1) If at any sitting of the House, or in a committee of the whole House, any Member moves 'That the House sit in private' the Speaker or the chairman shall forthwith put the question 'That the House sit in private', and such question, though opposed, may be decided after the expiration of the time for opposed business, but such a Motion may be made no more than once in any sitting: Motions to sit in private.
  
  Provided that the Speaker or the chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal of those other than Members or Officers from any part of the House.
  
  (2) An order under paragraph (1) of this order shall not apply to members of the House of Lords.
  
  


Clerk of the House of Commons.

Examined


Clerk of the Journals.

24th October 2001


 
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