Variation of order of business

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25.16The relative precedence of public bills, measures, affirmative instruments and reports from select committees of the House may be varied if the convenience of the House so requires, by agreement of the Members of the Lords in whose names the business stands and if notice has been given in the Order Paper.1 Such variations are subject to Standing Order No 38(5) so that on Thursdays notices relating to public bills, Measures and delegated legislation may not be advanced before notices relating to motions, even with the consent of those affected. In such cases a formal motion is required to vary the order of business.

Subject to Standing Order No 38(5) a bill, measure or affirmative instrument may also be advanced in the order of business of a day without consultation if a debate is not expected. If a debate arises, it is open to any Member of the Lords to move without notice that the debate be adjourned till later in the day or to another day.


  1. 1. SO No 38(8).