Precedence in speaking

25.57Members of the Lords are not called on to speak by the Lord Speaker. For questions and debates where no speakers' list (see below) is issued the order in which Members of the Lords may speak depends upon the will of the House. It is customary for speakers from different parties or parts of the House to take turns. When two Members of the Lords rise at the same time, unless one immediately gives way, the House calls upon one of them to speak; if each persists, precedence may be decided upon division.1 If the Leader of the House rises to address the House, it is customary to give him or her precedence over other Members of the Lords who may rise at the same time.


  1. 1. Thus, on 7 February 1775, when the Earl of Dartmouth and the Marquess of Rockingham both rose to speak, it was resolved, upon question, that the former ‘shall now be heard’, LJ (1774–76) 305. See also Parl Deb (1810–11) 18, c 719 n; LJ (1884) 325; HL Deb (1911) 9, c 1059.