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Provisional, Sessional and Special Orders

In addition to the Standing Orders, the House of Commons may adopt other written rules for a limited period.

Provisional Standing Orders are written rules adopted for a specific period that does not correspond to the duration of a Parliament or a parliamentary session. Once adopted, they may then be extended provisionally, dropped, or eventually made permanent.

Sessional orders are intended to be temporary and to remain in effect only for the duration of the session in which they are adopted. They may be renewed from session to session, and some eventually become Standing Orders.

The House of Commons may also adopt special orders for the conduct of its business. Special orders do not modify the written Standing Orders. Since they usually concern the business of the House and are often moved without notice following consultations between the political parties, special orders are usually adopted without debate by unanimous consent. They may apply to a single occasion or to a specific period. The House of Commons can adopt a special order to supersede one that was previously adopted. Some special orders eventually become Standing Orders.

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