Meeting of the new Parliament
It is anticipated that on Tuesday 17 December the House will meet at 2.30pm for a Royal Commission. When the House meets, and assuming the date of meeting above, the following arrangements will apply: The Commons will be summoned and directed to proceed to the choice of their Speaker and to present the person chosen for Her Majesty’s approval. The House will continue in session until 7.30pm in order to enable Members to take the Oath of Allegiance, or to affirm.
On Wednesday 18 December the House will meet at 2.30pm and it is expected that the Lords Commissioners will receive the Commons Speaker-elect. The House will remain sitting until 7.30pm, to enable Members to take the Oath.
Members attending the State Opening of Parliament must previously have taken the Oath. The Oath may not be taken in the morning of the State Opening.
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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. [Paragraphs 4.25-4.28 of the Companion.]
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 4.32 of the Companion.]
|Week beginning Monday 9 December 2019|