Other restrictions on contents of amendments

20.39Various considerations that render amendments out of order have been described earlier. An amendment is also out of order if it is inconsistent with an amendment already agreed to, or if it is substantially the same as an amendment to the same motion which has already been negatived.1 It is not in order to move to leave out all the words of a question without proposing the insertion of other words, and the Speaker has also ruled that an amendment that was merely an expanded negative,2 or otherwise irregular in form,3 could not be proposed from the Chair. An amendment on a motion to approve changes in Immigration Rules which, although a direct negative of the main question, was so drafted as to follow the terms of the Immigration Act 1971, s 3(2), has, however, been allowed.4


  1. 1. Parl Deb (1893–94) 18, c 955.
  2. 2. Parl Deb (1893–94) 9, c 456; ibid (1906) 167, c 475; HC Deb (1938–39) 343, c 906.
  3. 3. CJ (1881) 26.
  4. 4. CJ (1984–85) 596.