Arrangements for the meeting of the new Parliament
On Monday 19 June Her Majesty will open the new Parliament at 11.30am. Members attending must previously have taken the Oath. The House will then sit in the afternoon at 3.30pm, when the Humble Address will be moved and seconded.
Members will be able to take the oath from 2.30pm on Tuesday 13 (after a Royal Commission and prayers) and Wednesday 14 June (after Commissioners have received the Commons Speaker-elect and prayers). The Oath may not be taken in the morning of the State Opening of Parliament, but may be taken at the start of the sitting that afternoon (3.30pm), and on any subsequent sitting day, at the beginning of business immediately after Prayers.
Closing times for Speakers' Lists:
The House agreed on 9 January 2014 that Speakers’ Lists should close at 6pm on the day before the debate (4pm on Fridays). For debates with speakers’ lists, it is thus no longer possible to sign-up to speak on the day of a debate itself.
Attendance at debate:
A member of the House who is taking part in a debate (including general debates and debates on amendments or motions) should attend the start, end and greater part of that debate. In addition, it is considered discourteous for members not to be present for at least the opening speeches, the speeches before and after their own, and for the winding-up speeches. Ministers may decide not to answer, orally or in writing, points made by a speaker who does not stay to hear the minister's closing speech. Members who believe that they are unlikely to be able to stay to the end of a debate should not seek to participate in it (and if the debate has a speakers' list, should remove their names from the list). [Paragraph 4.33 of the Companion.]
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