Orders of the day and notices of motion taken in order

19.32Under Standing Order No 27, orders of the day and notices of motion are taken in the order in which they appear on the paper. When the first order of the day is reached, the Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order No 26, directs the Clerk at the Table to read the title of the order, without (as had been the case historically) any question being put; the Clerk will similarly read the title of each subsequent order of the day as it is reached. The titles of notices of motion are not read by the Clerk.

The order of consideration has been varied by a motion moved without notice by a Minister of the Crown at the commencement of public business with the leave of the House,1 or by the assignment of priority to a later order as a matter of privilege.2 The consideration of the orders of the day and notices of motion are also subject to incidental interruptions of the proceedings of the House (see para 17.21 ), and the postponement of business in certain circumstances (see para 20.59 ).

A motion for the adjournment of the House cannot be made while the orders of the day are being considered, either upon an order of the day being read or in the interval between one order and another, unless by a member of the Government3 with a view to the adjournment of the House forthwith4 or in order that an opportunity may be provided for debating a subject that could not otherwise be raised.5


  1. 1. CJ (1894) 394; Parl Deb (1894) 29, c 178; HC Deb (1963–64) 687, cc 40, 178.
  2. 2. Parl Deb (1889) 338, c 1089.
  3. 3. HC Deb (1943–44) 402, cc 1251–52, etc.
  4. 4. CJ (1905) 346; ibid (1923) 87; ibid (1935–36) 158.
  5. 5. CJ (1914) 408; CJ (1935–36) 140; CJ (1947–48) 180. This concession rests not on standing orders but on the established practice of the House. It probably arose because it was felt that since the main purpose of SO Nos 26 and 27 was to protect the programme of government business from interruption; the programme did not need to be protected from members of the Government.