Chair's discretionary power

20.49During the consideration of a bill in a Committee of the whole House, the Chair may under Standing Order No 68 state an opinion that the principle of a clause or schedule and any matters arising on it have been adequately discussed in the course of debate on amendments to that clause or schedule and put the question that the clause or schedule stand part forthwith.1

Under Standing Order No 35, when a dilatory motion has been moved, the Speaker has the option of putting the question forthwith, rather than declining to put that question.


  1. 1. For example, CJ (2001–02) 537 and 541.