Motion on Standing Orders
That the standing orders relating to public business be amended as follows:
Insert the following new Standing Order:
“24A Arrangements for virtual participation by disabled members [13 July 2021]
(1) Members who may be physically unable to attend the House on grounds of long-term disability and may be eligible under the procedure agreed by the Commission can apply for eligible member status and if granted they may choose to participate virtually in proceedings in the Chamber.
(2) Eligible members may choose to participate virtually in all business of which there is sufficient notice:
(i) in business with a speakers’ list, eligible members should indicate that they wish to take part remotely when signing-up to speak;
(ii) in business without a speakers’ list, eligible members should indicate their wish to take part remotely by a given time the previous working day. In such business there will be a fixed point at which eligible members participating remotely are called to speak by the Chair.
(3) Eligible members may vote electronically or by telephone whether on or off the Parliamentary Estate.”