Chapter 16 - Standing Order No 99 - Closure of debate
Standing Order No. 99
Closure of debate
(1) At any time during debate on a question in the House or in committee of the whole, and whether or not a member is addressing the Chair, a member may move “That the question be now put”.
(2) A member, except a Minister, who has spoken in the debate or who has previously moved that motion, may not move a motion that the question be now put.
(3) The motion "That the question be now put" may not be debated or amended.
(4) Before putting the question, the Chair will advise the House to consider whether the motion, if agreed:
(a) is an abuse of the rules or conventions of the House,
(b) would deny the rights of the minority, or
(c) is an abuse of the standing orders.
(5) If the motion "That the question be now put" is carried, the House or committee will vote on the question immediately before it without further debate or amendment, except for the mover in reply, where any reply is allowed, who may speak for 30 minutes before the motion is put.
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