Moving of motions

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25.48A notice of motion may be tabled in the name of one Member of the Lords only. When a motion on the Order Paper is reached, the Clerk at the Table calls the Member of the Lords in whose name it stands, who then rises to move the motion. In their absence, the motion may be moved by another Member of the Lords who has been authorised by them to take their place or (with the unanimous leave of the House) by a Member of the Lords without such authority,1 but otherwise the motion cannot be proceeded with until notice of it has been renewed (Standing Order No 40(2)). Motions are not seconded except in the case of the motion for an Address in answer to the Queen's speech. The mover of a motion has a right of reply. Other Members may speak only once to each motion (Standing Order No 29).

It is contrary to the practice of the House for a question once decided to be put again in the same session.


  1. 1. For example, LJ (1992–93) 96.