Postponement of consideration of clauses

28.96A motion1 may be moved to postpone the consideration of a clause provided that no amendment to it has been agreed to2 or negatived, and provided that the question for its standing part of the bill has not been proposed.3 If an amendment has been proposed and withdrawn, consideration of the clause may be postponed.4 Consideration of part of a bill,5 or of a consecutive group of clauses en bloc, may also be postponed. In the case of a programmed government bill, however, postponement of consideration of a clause or clauses is achieved by means of an amendment of the order arising from the resolution of the programming sub-committee.

A proposal to postpone consideration of the only effective clause of a bill until the subordinate clauses have been considered,6 or to postpone consideration of part of a clause,7 is out of order, as is an order of consideration motion, taken at the start of proceedings, which would have the same effect.8

Upon a question for the postponement of consideration of a clause, the debate is limited to the simple question of postponement, and may not be extended to the merits of the bill9 or the clause.10 Postponed clauses, unless provision to the contrary is made in the motion, are considered after the other clauses of the bill have been disposed of, and before any new clauses are brought up, but they may also be considered, in special circumstances, at any other appropriate place, eg after all11 or certain12 new clauses or other clauses13 or schedules,14 and they may be further postponed.15

Footnotes

  1. 1. Parl Deb (1871) 207, c 74; CJ (1934–35) 84; ibid (1947–48) 140; Stg Co D, Proceedings (1980–81), 11 June 1981, c 262.
  2. 2. Parl Deb (1871) 207, c 721.
  3. 3. HC Deb (1935–36) 313, c 161.
  4. 4. CJ (1873) 340; ibid (1917) 200; HC Deb (1917) 97, c 1251; CJ (1917) 216; HC Deb (1917) 98, c 344.
  5. 5. CJ (1929–30) 177; Stg Co D, Proceedings (1980–81), 4 June 1981, c 255.
  6. 6. Parl Deb (1899) 74, c 325; ibid (1904) 139, c 1221; HC Deb (1912) 39, c 744; ibid (1916) 82, c 472; ibid (1918) 110, c 1503.
  7. 7. Parl Deb (1901) 97, c 453; ibid (1904) 139, c 1220.
  8. 8. Stg Co Deb (1995–96), Stg Co C, 13 March 1996, cc 4–5.
  9. 9. Parl Deb (1871) 207, c 1378; ibid (1887) 318, c 145; ibid (1896) 41, c 870.
  10. 10. HC Deb (1909) 6, c 1376; ibid (1916) 81, c 1884; ibid (1918) 110, c 1504.
  11. 11. CJ (1877) 235; ibid (1887) 206, 210; ibid (1893–94) 455; ibid (1906) 407; ibid (1929–30) 387.
  12. 12. CJ (1867) 141, 149; ibid (1909) 461; ibid (1917–18) 177.
  13. 13. Stg Co D, Proceedings (1980–81), 4 June 1981, 255.
  14. 14. CJ (1875) 328, 425; ibid (1917–18) 216, 223; ibid (1951–52) c 226.
  15. 15. CJ (1920) 273.