Disciplinary powers under standing order

21.41Under Standing Orders Nos 42–46, the Chair is entrusted with summary and expeditious powers of dealing with disorder.1 With subsequent amendments, and as interpreted in practice, they provide a graduated code of punishments for infringements of the rules for the conduct of debate and for breaches of order and decorum, which has been found adequate to deal with all the cases which ordinarily arise. Offences may be classified as follows:

  1. irrelevance or tedious repetition, or breach of the terms of the sub judice resolution;
  2. minor breaches of order;
  3. the use of disorderly or unparliamentary expressions;
  4. grossly disorderly conduct;
  5. grave disorder; and
  6. obstruction of the business of the House otherwise than by disorderly conduct or persistence in irrelevance or tedious repetition.