Length of motions

20.14Motions for debate should not generally exceed 250 words in length.1 This rule has been interpreted to require that any amendment tabled, if added to the original motion, would not bring its total length above this limit. Some types of motions, for example those amending the House's standing orders or dealing with matters of technical complexity, may be considerably longer.2


  1. 1. HC Deb (1983–84) 54, c 977 and see ibid (1983–84) 46, c 692 for private Members' (now backbench business) motions more generally.
  2. 2. See, for example, the motion agreed to by the House on the Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy, HC Deb (19 July 2018) 645, cc 658–60.