Overview of general arrangements for a sitting

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17.1This chapter describes the arrangements for sittings of the House, in the principal Chamber. The arrangements for sittings in Westminster Hall are set out in Chapter 23.

In normal circumstances, Members are expected to participate in proceedings in person, although there are arrangements for proxy votes for childbirth or care of an infant or newly adopted child. Changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic are described in para 17.7A below.1


  1. 1. SO No 39A, Votes and Proceedings 23 September 2020.