Government motions under standing orders relating to referral of matters to general committees

19.27Standing orders provide for motions to refer (or de-refer) statutory instruments, European Union documents, Estimates, matters and, in some cases, bills to appropriate general committees, to be made with notice by a Minister and put forthwith at the commencement of public business. In practice, the provisions are now rarely used, business managers preferring to table such motions to be taken after the moment of interruption. On occasion they may revert to this time if a motion has been previously objected to.1


  1. 1. For details, see paras 28.52 ff, 31.19, 39.32 ff, 39.44 ff.