Declaration in giving notice

5.12Declaration of a relevant interest is required on the Order Paper (or Notice Paper) when tabling any written notice, including:

  1. questions (for oral or written answer);
  2. early day motions, amendments to them, or any names added in support of such motions or amendments;
  3. a notice of a motion for leave to introduce a ‘ten-minute rule’ bill;
  4. a notice for presentation of a bill (including a ‘ballot’ bill);
  5. any other motions, amendments, or added names in support of them;
  6. amendments to bills (whether to be considered in the House or in a committee) and any names added in support of them;
  7. nomination as a candidate for election as a select committee Chair under Standing Order No 122B.

Whenever such an interest is declared, the symbol ‘[R]’ (for ‘relevant’) is printed on the Notice Paper or Order Paper,1 except that in the case of nominations for election as select committee Chairs, for the convenience of Members, the full entry from the Register is published with the nomination.

A similar requirement is placed on the supporters of a bill, in which case the ‘[R]’ appears after their name on the back of the bill.

‘Relevant interests’ which should be declared include any interest which the Member is required to register, or which the Member should declare in debate. It will therefore usually be the case that the interest to which the Member is drawing the attention of the House will already be entered in the Register. Provided it is readily apparent which of the Member's registered interests are applicable, the Member need take no further action. If this is not the case, the Member when giving notice should attach to that notice a brief written description of the interest which is being declared, which will then be available for inspection by Members in the office where the notice was given.

In the case of urgent questions, the Member with a relevant interest should declare the interest in the application to the Speaker and, if the question is allowed, declare the interest when the question is formally asked in the House.2 Similarly, applications to the Speaker for emergency debates under Standing Order No 24 and for adjournment debates and debates in Westminster Hall should be accompanied by a declaration of any relevant interest.

Footnotes

  1. 1. HC 688 (1995–96) paras 43–45.
  2. 2. HC 1076 (2014–15) Guide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members, p 36.