Time and manner of presenting petitions

Clause 4 – in the House of Commons at 10:47 pm on 4th May 1988.

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133 (1)—Every petition presented under Standing Order No. 132 (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—

  1. (a) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, after a Minister of the Crown shall have signified his intention either to move 'That this House do now adjourn', for the purpose of bringing the sitting to a conclusion, or to move, pursuant to Standing Order No. 10 (Sittings of the House (suspended sittings)) 'That the proceedings of this day's sitting be suspended', and
  2. (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 paragraph (4) of Standing Order No. 13 (Arrangement of public business) shall stand over and may be brought to the Table after a Minister of the Crown 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) Mr. 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 if required.

That this Order be a Standing Order of the House—[Mr. Lennox-Boyd.]

Hon. Members:

Object.