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Order Paper—Daily Routine of Business

The heading “Daily Routine of Business” in the Order Paper is followed by a sequence of subheadings that the Speaker calls out in the prescribed order during that part of the sitting day more commonly known as Routine Proceedings. The subheadings are as follows:

Tabling of Documents

As no notice is required, no items are listed under this heading.

Introduction of Government Bills

The entries listed show which bills can be introduced by the Government when the Speaker calls this item of business. The Government may introduce any or all of the bills listed, or none of them. The entries remain there until the Government introduces the bills.

The entry gives the date when notice was given for the bill, the title of the Minister responsible for the bill, and the long title of the bill. If the bill entails the expenditure of public monies, the Royal Recommendation is also noted.

The bill receives a number only after it is introduced. Once the bill has been introduced and given first reading, it is moved to the Government Orders section of the Order Paper, under “Government Bills (Commons)”, to await second reading.

Statements by Ministers

As no notice is required, no items are listed under this heading.

Presenting Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

As no notice is required, no items are listed under this heading.

Presenting Reports from Committees

As no notice is required, no items are listed under this heading.

Introduction of Private Members’ Bills

The entries listed show which public bills can be introduced by private Members when this subheading is called. The private Members whose bills are listed rise and seek recognition from the Speaker if they wish to introduce their bills. The bills remain on the Order Paper until they are introduced. The entry gives the date when notice of the bill was given, the name and electoral district of the Member sponsoring it, and its long title. The bill receives a number only after it is introduced. Once the bill has been introduced and given first reading, it is moved to the Private Members’ Business section of the Order Paper, under “Items outside the Order of Precedence”, to await second reading. Items outside the Order of Precedence are published in the electronic version of the Order Paper and Notice Paper on the House of Commons website.

First Reading of Senate Public Bills

When the House of Commons receives a message from the Senate saying it has passed a public bill, the bill is entered under this subheading on the Order Paper (without ever appearing on the Notice Paper). It remains there until either a private Member or a Minister (in the case of a Government bill) rises in the House to move that the bill be read a first time. Once a Senate bill has been given first reading, it is moved either to the Government Orders section under “Government Bills (Senate)”, if sponsored by a Minister, or to the Private Members’ Business section under “Items in the Order of Precedence”, if sponsored by a private Member.

Motions

The Standing Orders and parliamentary practice restrict the kinds of motions that can be moved during Routine Proceedings. The items of business most commonly appearing under this subheading are motions to concur in reports of standing or special committees.

Motions sponsored by the Government and dealing with the times of sitting of the House or its business may also be found there. The entry shows the date notice was given, the Member who gave notice, and the wording of the motion in full. Any of the motions listed may be proceeded with when the Speaker reaches this category of business.

With the exception of motions for concurrence in committee reports, when the House takes up for consideration a motion under this subheading, if no decision is taken before debate is adjourned, it is moved to the Government Orders section under “Government Business”. Motions for concurrence in committee reports may receive up to three hours of debate. If the debate on the motion is interrupted or adjourned before the three hours, the order for the resumption of debate is transferred to the Orders of the Day section entitled “Concurrence in Committee Reports”.

Presenting Petitions

As no notice is required, no items are listed under this heading.

Questions on the Order Paper

Following notice, written questions are transferred to another area of the Order Paper and are published in the electronic version on the House of Commons website. Under this subheading the following note appears:

The complete list of questions on the Order Paper is available for consultation at the Table in the Chamber and on the Internet. Those questions not appearing in the list have been answered, withdrawn or made into orders for return.

(See the Order Paper and Notice Paper on the House of Commons website.)

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