Closure on moving of motion or amendment during proceedings on a bill

20.58A separate process, applying only during consideration of a bill, applies before a question has been proposed from the Chair. Under Standing Order No 29, a Member may rise in their place and move ‘That the question be now proposed’, when a Member is in the course of moving a motion or an amendment at any stage of proceedings on a bill. The question ‘That the question be now proposed’ must be put forthwith, unless it appears to the Chair that the motion is an abuse of the rules of the House. Under Standing Order No 37, if a division is held, at least 100 Members must vote in the majority in support of the motion for it to be decided in the affirmative. As with the ordinary closure, the Chair can only refuse this form of closure if it appears to be an abuse of the rules of the House or an infringement of the rights of the minority.1

Footnotes

  1. 1. For examples of the operation of this form of closure (often cited as the ‘Golding’ closure, named after John Golding MP whose lengthy speech on moving an amendment on the Telecommunications Bill in February 1983 in Standing Committee H led to introduction of the new standing order), see Stg Co Deb (1987–88) Co C (Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill), c 14; ibid (1987–88) Co D (Immigration Bill), c 439; ibid (1993–94) Co C (Tobacco Advertising), c 23: CJ (1998–99) 443; ibid (2000–01) 342; CJ (2006-07) 361; HC Deb (20 January 2012) 538, c 988 (Daylight Saving Bill); ibid (16 March 2015) 594, c 585 (Transport for London Bill).