Members to sit when the Speaker rises

21.31The Speaker, when rising to intervene, should be heard in silence,1 and any Member who is speaking or offering to speak should immediately sit down.2 Members should not leave their seats while the Speaker is addressing the House. Members who do not maintain silence, or who attempt to address the Speaker, may find themselves called to order by the majority of the House with loud cries of ‘order’. A Member who persists in standing after the Speaker has risen and refuses to resume their seat when directed by the Chair to do so may be either directed to withdraw from the House for the remainder of the sitting or named for disregarding the authority of the Chair.3


  1. 1. CJ (1604) 244.
  2. 2. Parl Deb (1897) 49, c 122; HC Deb (1976–77) 931, c 213; ibid (17 April 2018) 639, c 194.
  3. 3. HC Deb (1923) 165, c 2395; ibid (1981–82) 13, cc 999–1000.