Powers to discuss non-legislative matters

11.12In principle, the freedom of speech in Parliament is absolute, and Members can raise whatsoever matters they wish. In practice, each House has voluntarily restricted its freedom of speech in certain areas, to ensure proper respect between constituent parts of the State. The sub judice rule, which prohibits reference to matters awaiting adjudication by the courts, is described more fully at para 21.19, and the restrictions on references to various offices of State are described at para 21.23. Apart from these, the most notable restriction on such discussions relates to business which is within the competence of the devolved legislatures.