Interventions on a speech

21.13Members have the right to decide whether to accept interventions on their speech from other Members, but once they have given way, the Member intervening has the right to speak.1 Members should not expect to make an intervention without having been present in the Chamber for a reasonable period during the debate; it is also a discourtesy to leave the Chamber shortly after making an intervention.2 A Member who has made an intervention should allow the Member who is making the speech time to respond before seeking to intervene further.3 A Member should not continue to stand in an attempt to intimidate a Member into giving way.4 Interventions are not accepted during speeches on a ten-minute rule motion, during ministerial statements, during the speeches of those moving and seconding the Address in response to the Queen's Speech, or during the Chancellor's budget speech and the response on behalf of the Official Opposition.5 Maiden speakers are usually heard without interruption.6 Interventions in interventions are not allowed.7 Interventions should not be excessively long nor made from a sedentary position,8 and should relate to the speech on which the intervention is made rather than comment on another intervention.9 For personal statements, see para 19.24.

A Member who has been called by the Speaker cannot be interrupted by a Member seeking to move a dilatory motion, although they may be interrupted by a motion for the closure.

Footnotes

  1. 1. HC Deb (1978–79) 958, c 533; ibid (1986–87) 114, c 46; HC Deb (1 April 2008) 474, c 733.
  2. 2. HC Deb (31 October 2011) 534, c 677; ibid (6 November 2012) 552, c 778; Rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House, November 2018, para 8.
  3. 3. HC Deb (31 January 2017) 620, c 876.
  4. 4. HC Deb (4 June 2015) 596, cc 797–98.
  5. 5. HC Deb (29 October 2018) 648, c 653.
  6. 6. HC Deb (1987–88) 119, c 236.
  7. 7. HC Deb (1963–64) 689, c 494; ibid (1977–78) 955, c 645; ibid (2 November 2010) 517, c 816.
  8. 8. For example, HC Deb (1996–97) 292, c 40; ibid (15 October 2009) 497, c 464; ibid (26 May 2010) 510, c 183; ibid (4 May 2011) 527, c 740. Sedentary interventions deprecated, ibid (5 March 2008) 472, c 1777; ibid (5 July 2010) 513, c 25.
  9. 9. HC Deb (7 May 2014) 580, c 195.