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Concurrence in a Committee Report

Any Member of the House can move concurrence in a committee report, during Routine Proceedings, after providing 48 hours’ notice. The concurrence motion is moved under the heading "Motions" and is debatable, pursuant to Standing Order 67(1)(b).

Special rules apply to reports from the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs related to the designation of non-votable items of Private Members’ Business. These are set out in Standing Orders 92(3) and (4). Reports requesting more time to consider a Private Member’s Bill or requesting that such a bill not be further proceeded with are also subject to special rules. These are set out in Standing Order 97.1.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, no motion for concurrence may be moved, if a committee has requested a government response to its report, until the government’s response has been tabled or the 120 days allowed for the government to respond have expired.

In the case of a concurrence motion in a committee report, debate may occur for up to three hours, at which time the Speaker will put all questions. Should debate on the motion be adjourned or interrupted, the motion will be slated for debate within 10 sitting days on a date set by the government, following consultation with the House leaders of the other parties.

The resumed debate occurs at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment, and once the three hours have expired or no more Members wish to speak, the Speaker will put all the questions. If a recorded division is requested, it is automatically deferred to the next Wednesday on which the House is sitting and is held no later than the end of Government Orders.

A motion to concur in a report on the estimates can be debated only on an allotted day under the Business of Supply pursuant to Standing Order 81(9). The Standing Ordersalso provide a special procedure for concurrence in reports concerning the revocation of a regulation contained in a report from the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. Where a bill has been reported back from committee, it is subject to the rules and practices governing the legislative process, rather than those relating to committee reports in general.

The House frequently gives its consent to waive the 48 hours’ notice required by the Standing Orders in order to concur in a report concerning certain administrative matters, such as changes to the membership of committees. Reports concerning the membership of legislative committees are deemed adopted when presented in the House pursuant to Standing Order 113(1).

Recommendations contained in committee reports are drafted in the form of motions so that, if the reports are concurred in, the recommendations become clear orders or resolutions of the House. In framing their recommendations, committees cannot exceed the authority of the House.

No amendment may be presented to the text of a committee report when a motion to concur in it is before the House. A motion may be presented to recommit the report to the committee so that it may be re-examined.

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