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question shall stand first on the Order of the following day next after Orders to which a special precedence has been assigned by Rule or Order of The House.

28. A Motion for reading the Orders of Motion to the Day shall have preference to any Motion read the before the House.

Questions put by Members.


to Minis

29. Questions may be put to Ministers of Questions the Crown relating to public affairs; and to ters and other Members relating to any Bill, Motion others, or other public matter connected with the Business of The House, in which such Members may be concerned; but in putting any such Question, no argument or opinion is to be offered, nor any facts stated, except so far as may be necessary to explain the same. And in answering any such Question, a Member is not to debate the matter to which the same refers.

Motions and Questions.

not debate


30. A Motion to Adjourn shall always be Motion to in order; but no second Motion to the same adjourn. effect shall be made until after some intermediate proceeding shall have been had.

31. Two days' Notice shall be given of a Notices. Motion for leave to present a Bill, Resolution, or Address, for the appointment of any Committee, or for the putting of a Question:


Motions without Notice.


how made.



but this Rule shall not apply to Bills after their introduction, or to Private Bills, or to the times of Meeting or Adjournment of The House. Such Notice to be laid on the Table before five o'clock, p.m., and to be printed in the Votes and Proceedings of that day.

32. A Motion may be made by unanimous consent of The House, without previous notice.

33. All Motions shall be in writing, and seconded, before being debated or put from the Chair. When a Motion is seconded, it shall be read in English and in French by The Speaker, if he be familiar with both languages; if not, the Speaker shall read the Motion in one language and direct the Clerk at the Table to read it in the other, before debate.

34. A Member who has made a Motion may withdraw the same by leave of The House, such leave being granted without any negative voice.

Previous 35. The Previous Question, until it is Question. decided, shall preclude all amendment of the main question, and shall be in the following words, "That this question be now put." If the Previous Question be resolved in the affirmative, the Original Question is to be put forthwith, without any amendment or debate.


36. A Motion to commit a Bill or Ques- Motion to tion, until decided, shall preclude all amendment of the main Question.


37. Whenever The Speaker is of opinion Unparliathat a Motion offered to The House is con- mentary trary to the Rules and Privileges of Parliament, he shall apprise the House thereof immediately, before putting the Question thereon, and quote the Rule or authority applicable to the case.


38. Whenever any matter of Privilege Privilege. arises, it shall be taken into consideration immediately.

Proceedings on Bills.


39. Every Bill shall be introduced upon IntroducMotion for leave, specifying the Title of the tion of Bill; or upon Motion to appoint a Committee to prepare and bring it in.

40. No Bill may be introduced either in Introduc blank or in an imperfect shape.

tion of Bills.


41. No Bill relating to Trade, or the Bills conalteration of the laws concerning Trade, is to Trade. be brought into this House, until the proposition shall have been first considered in a Committee of the Whole House, and agreed unto by The House.

First Reading of Bills.

Readings of Bills.


of Bills.


of Bills.

Proceedings in Commit tee.

Proceed ings on Report.

42. When any Bill shall be presented by a Member, in pursuance of an Order of The House, or shall be brought from the Senate, the Question, "That this Bill be now read a first time," shall be decided without amendment or debate.

43. Every Bill shall receive three several readings, on different days, previously to being passed. On urgent or extraordinary occasions, a Bill may be read twice or thrice, or advanced two or more stages in one day.

44. When a Bill is read in The House, the Clerk shall certify upon it the Readings and the time thereof. After it has passed, he shall certify the same, with the date, at the foot of the Bill.

45. Every Public Bill shall be read twice in The House before committal or amendment.

46. In proceedings in Committee of the Whole House upon Bills, the Preamble shall be first postponed, and then every Clause considered by the Committee in its proper order; the Preamble and Title to be last considered.

47. All amendments made in Committee shall be reported by the Chairman to The House, which shall receive the same forthwith. After Report, the Bill shall be open to debate and amendment, before it is ordered


for a Third Reading. But when a Bill is reported without amendment, it is forthwith ordered to be read a Third time, at such time as may be appointed by The House.

Law Clerk

48. It shall be the duty of the Law Clerk Duty of of this House to revise all Public Bills after their First Reading, and to certify thereon. that the same are correct; and in every subsequent stage of such Bills the Law Clerk shall be responsible for the correctness of said Bills, should they be amended. And he shall prepare a Breviat of every Public Bill, previous to the Second Reading thereof.

Private Bills.

for Private

49. No Petition for any Private Bill is Petitions received by The House after the first three Bills. weeks of each Session; nor may any Private Bill be presented to The House after the first four weeks of each Session; nor may any Report of any Standing or Select Committee upon a Private Bill be received after the first six weeks of each Session. And no Motion for the general suspension or modification of this Rule shall be entertained by The House, unless after reference made thereof at a previous sitting of The House, to the several Standing Committees charged with consideration of Private Bills, or upon Report submitted by two or more of such Committees.

50. The Clerk of The House shall, during Publicaeach Recess of Parliament, publish weekly Clerk, of tion by the

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