Manner of giving notice

20.3Notice of a motion can be given (tabled) by being handed in either at the Table of the House or (more usually) to the Clerks in the Table Office. Notice of a motion can be published in a variety of ways. It may appear for the first time on the Order Paper for the day on which it is proposed to be taken (if this is the sitting day after the notice is given). It may (as is the normal practice with government motions) be placed on the list of Remaining Orders and Notices printed in the Future Business B section of the Order Paper; and motions frequently reappear daily on the Remaining Orders for long periods before they are placed on the ‘effective’ Orders.1 Notice may be given for a specific future day, in which case the motion is printed in the paper entitled ‘Future Business A’ (see para 7.3 ) for the specified day. Finally, motions may be tabled by backbenchers for which ‘no day has been fixed’. These are known as ‘Early Day Motions’, or EDMs, and in most cases are not in practice expected to be debated (see para 20.17 for more detailed rules relating to the adding and publishing of names added to these motions).

Members are required to declare relevant interests when tabling notices of motion and amendments (including cases in which they add names to notices of motions and to amendments tabled by others).2

A notice cannot be withdrawn from the Notice Paper of the day or the current issue of the Future Business paper in the course of a sitting;3 but by notice given to the Table Office it can be withdrawn from a future issue. A Member may not have the same notice standing in the Future Business paper for two different days.4


  1. 1. Remaining orders of the day standing in the name of a Minister are republished each day, with notice of renewal for the next day formally given each day. By extension, this applies to motions relating to Church of England Measures in the name of the Second Church Estates Commissioner and motions from the Committee of Selection. Other remaining orders must be re-tabled each day.
  2. 2. The Code of Conduct together with theGuide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members, HC (2017–19) 1882, Chapter 2, para 7(d) and see CJ (2005–06) 127. Tabling of all notices is also governed by the rules prohibiting paid advocacy, see para 5.20.
  3. 3. Parl Deb (1892) 4, cc 189–90; HC Deb (1929–30) 230, c 1494; and see para 20.9. Although a notice of a motion cannot be formally withdrawn from the Notice Paper of the day, a clear indication can be given in advance for the convenience of the House that it is not intended to be moved: see for example HC Deb (8 February 2018) 635, c 1689.
  4. 4. Previous practice (Speaker's private rulings 5 April 1905; 18 July 1917) of allowing no more than six names to appear in the Future Business paper in connection with a notice is no longer strictly enforced, in particular where it is judged that the House otherwise would not be aware of all those in support of the motion or amendment.