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Business Without Debate

Volume 548: debated on Monday 16 July 2012

arrangement of public business


That the following changes to Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business) be made, with effect from Monday 15 October 2012:

– in line 19, leave out ‘or Tuesday, four o’clock on’ and insert ‘, four o’clock on Tuesday or’;

– in line 20, leave out ‘three’ and insert ‘two’; and

– in line 29, leave out ‘three’ and insert ‘two’.—(Greg Hands.)

sittings in westminster hall (e-petitions)

Motion made,

(1) That the following changes be made to Standing Order No. 10 (Sittings in Westminster Hall) until the end of the next session of Parliament:

(a) in line 3, at the end, add the following new sub-paragraph—

‘(za) on Mondays beginning at half-past four o’clock and continuing for up to three hours, if the Backbench Business Committee has reported its determination that a sitting in Westminster Hall to consider an epetition or e-petitions should take place on that day;’.

(b) in line 28, at the end, add the following new paragraph—

‘(3B) (a) The business taken at a Monday sitting in Westminster Hall shall be the e-petition or e-petitions which the Backbench Business Committee has determined should be debated, and each such e-petition shall be debated on the motion, That this House has considered the e-petition from [petitioners] relating to [subject of petition].

(b) Paragraph (10) of this Order shall not apply to proceedings under sub-paragraph (b) of this paragraph; no dilatory motion may be made in relation to proceedings under that sub-paragraph except by a Minister of the Crown; and the question on any such dilatory motion shall be put forthwith.’

(2) That the following new paragraph be added to Standing Order No. 14 (Arrangement of public business), in line 50, at the end:

‘(3AA) In addition to those days allotted under paragraph (3A) of this order, the Backbench Business Committee may determine that a sitting in Westminster Hall may be held on a Monday in accordance with paragraph (3) (za) of Standing Order No. 10 to consider e-petitions.’

(3) That Standing Order No. 152J (Backbench Business Committee) be amended by leaving out from ‘with’ in line 39 to ‘of’ in line 40 and inserting ‘paragraphs (3A) and (3B)’.—(Greg Hands.)


business, innovation and skills


That Mr David Ward be discharged from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee and Mike Crockart be added.—(Mr Alan Campbell, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)