Irrelevance or tedious repetition; or breach of the terms of the sub judice resolution

21.42If any Member strays from the question under discussion, the Speaker will intervene to remind that Member to speak to the question. If a Member persists in irrelevance or tedious repetition either of their own arguments, or of the arguments used by other Members in debate, Standing Order No 42 empowers the Speaker, after calling the attention of the House to the Member's conduct, to direct them to discontinue their speech.1 Similarly, Standing Order No 42A allows the occupant of the Chair to direct a Member who breaches the terms of the sub judice resolution to resume their seat.

If the Member refuses to obey the direction of the Chair, the Speaker, acting under Standing Order No 43, may either direct them to withdraw from the House for the remainder of the sitting,2 or name them for disregarding the authority of the Chair.3


  1. 1. For example, CJ (1933–34) 334; ibid (1985–86) 94, c 885; ibid (1989–90) 176, c 726; ibid (1993–94) 238, cc 518–19; HC Deb (28 November 2014) 588, cc 1253–54.
  2. 2. CJ (1897) 265; ibid (1898) 96; ibid (1975–76) 279.
  3. 3. CJ (1897) 264.