Timing

21.7Debate arises, and Members may therefore be called to speak, when a question has been proposed by the Speaker and before it has been fully put. No Member may speak to any question after the same has been fully put by the Speaker; and a question is fully put when the Chair has taken the voices both of the ayes and of the noes.1 The Speaker has, however, called Members to speak despite having fully put the question, after points of order revealed that some Members had not heard the motion being made or the question being put.2

Footnotes

  1. 17 May 1606, ‘Any man may speak after the affirmative question and before the negative’: CJ (1547–1628) 310; Parl Deb (1819) 40, c 79, Colchester iii, 74; HC Deb (1913) 50, cc 1673–74, 1859–60; ibid (1922) 152, c 111; ibid (1979–80) 983, cc 645–46.
  2. HC Deb (1976–77) 930, cc 1375–77; ibid (1977–78) 951, cc 524–25.