Maiden speeches

25.66Maiden speeches are expected to be short (less than ten minutes) and uncontroversial. They are usually made in debates for which speakers' lists have been issued. A Member of the Lords making a maiden speech should not be interrupted, and Members of the Lords making a maiden speech should not express views in terms which would ordinarily provoke interruption.1 Maiden speeches have been taken in Grand Committee, but in such circumstances cannot be fully protected from interruption (eg by a division in the House).2

Members of the Lords are expected to remain in their seats when a maiden speech is being made and not leave or take their seat in the Chamber.3 They should remain in their seat for the congratulations to the maiden speaker.4