Privilege motions with notice

19.30A notice of motion or order of the day relating to a matter of privilege is accorded a priority over other notices of motion or orders of the day. This priority is not prejudiced by the fact that the day on which it is to be raised is a day on which, under an order of the House, government business has precedence.1


  1. 1. Parl Deb (1906) 167, c 1051. When a Member is informed by the Speaker, following a written complaint, that they are entitled to table a motion relating to that complaint, such a motion is given precedence over other business and notice of such a motion is given by the Member on the previous day. Priority is also accorded to a matter of privilege if, through the adjournment of the debate on the motion in which it is embodied, it becomes an order of the day: case of the printers, CJ (1837) 450; Parl Deb (1837) 38, c 1249; CJ (1840) 13, 15, 19, 23, 70; Parl Deb (1840) 51, cc 196, 251, 358, 422; ibid (1840) 52, c 7; case of Azeem Jah, CJ (1865) 252; Mr Plimsoll's case, Parl Deb (1875) 226, c 178; Public Petitions Committee (Special Report), CJ (1878) 130; Parl Deb (1878) 238, c 1741; case of Mr Wedgwood, CJ (1911) 36; case of North Galway writ, ibid (1914) 329; case of Kilkenny City writ, Notices of Motions (1917–18) p 3278; case of county of Surrey, Reigate division writ, CJ (1918) 236, 252, Notices of Motions (1917–18) pp 3170, 3225, 3360; Dr Salter's case, CJ (1926) 340; Miss Wilkinson's case, CJ (1928–29) 159; Mr Sandham's case, CJ (1929–30) 489.