| 153. Every
Member offering to present a petition to the House, not being
a petition for a private bill, or relating to a private bill
before the House, shall confine himself to a statement of
the parties from whom it comes, the number of signatures attached
to it, and the material allegations contained in it, and to
reading the prayer of such petition.
||Presentation of petitions.
Every petition presented under Standing Order No. 153 (Presentation
of petitions) not containing matter in breach of the privileges
of this House, and which according to the rules or usual practice
of this House can be received, shall be brought to the Table
||Time and manner of presenting petitions.
(a) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,
after a member of the government shall have signified his
intention to move 'That this House do now adjourn', for
the purpose of bringing the sitting to a conclusion, and
(b) on Fridays, at the commencement
of public business, provided that petitions remaining
to be presented at ten o'clock on a Friday on which private
Members' bills have precedence under Standing Order No.
14 (Arrangement of public business) shall stand over and
may be brought to the Table after a member of the government
shall have signified his intention to move 'That this
House do now adjourn', for the purpose of bringing the
sitting to a conclusion.
| (2) Proceedings under paragraph (1)(a) and (1)(b) of this order shall not be interrupted at ten o'clock or at half-past two o'clock respectively.
| (3) The Speaker
shall not allow any debate, or any Member to speak upon, or
in relation to, such petition; but it may be read by the Clerk
| 155. In
the case of a petition presented under Standing Order No.
153 (Presentation of petitions) and complaining of some present
personal grievance, for which there may be an urgent necessity
for providing an immediate remedy, the matter contained in
such petition may be brought into discussion on the presentation
thereof and proceedings under this order shall not be interrupted
at ten o'clock and may be proceeded with, though opposed,
until any hour.
||Petition as to present personal grievance.
| 156. All
petitions presented under Standing Order No. 153 (Presentation
of petitions), and not proceeded with under Standing Order
No. 155 (Petition as to present personal grievance), shall
be ordered to lie upon the Table and to be printed, and the
Clerk of the House shall transmit all such petitions to a
Minister of the Crown and any observations made by a Minister
or Ministers in reply to such petitions shall be laid upon
the Table by the Clerk of the House and shall be ordered to
||Printing of petitions and of ministerial replies.
| 157. Petitions
against any resolution or bill imposing a tax or duty for
the current service of the year shall be henceforth received,
and the usage under which the House has refused to entertain
such petitions shall be discontinued.
||Petitions against imposition of tax.