Sittings of the House (21 June)
Business of the House
David Heath (Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, House of Commons; Somerton and Frome, Liberal Democrat)
I beg to move,
That, at the sitting on
(1) the House shall meet at 9.30 am, and will first proceed with any private business, petitions, and motions for unopposed returns;
(a) the omission of paragraph (1) and of the proviso to paragraph (7); and
(b) the insertion of references to 2.30 pm as the moment of interruption;
(3) notwithstanding the provisions of
(4) no questions shall be taken, save as provided in paragraph (5) below;
(5) at 11.00 am the Speaker may interrupt the proceedings in order to permit questions to be asked which are in his opinion of an urgent character and relate either to matters of public importance or to the arrangement of business, statements to be made by Ministers, or personal explanations to be made by Members;
(6) if the House is in committee at 11.00 am, and the Speaker’s intention to permit such questions, statements or explanations has been made known, the occupant of the chair shall leave the chair without putting any question, and report that the committee has made progress and ask leave to sit again;
(7) the proviso to paragraph (1) of
(8) no general committees shall meet after 2.30 pm;
(10) there shall be no sitting in Westminster Hall.
It seems only yesterday that I last had the opportunity to address the House on a procedural motion as a result of an objection from Mr Chope, but of course I am delighted to do so again. I am just saddened that he does not seem to have joined us.
The motion is simple. As you know, Madam Deputy Speaker, Mr Speaker and the noble Lady the Lord Speaker have invited that remarkable lady, Aung San Suu Kyi, to address Members of both Houses in Westminster Hall on
Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge, Labour)
We support the motion. It is a simple change in the business to accommodate the important address to both Houses of Parliament by Aung San Suu Kyi, which I think most Members will be looking forward to. I note that there will also be a business statement, which will, of course, give us the opportunity of listening once again to the Leader of the House and the shadow Leader of the House.
Question put and agreed to.