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Order Paper—Private Members’ Business

The Private Members’ Business section of the Order Paper is divided into three subsections:

Listed before Items in the Order of Precedence are any items of Private Members’ Business for which recorded divisions have been deferred until the next Wednesday pursuant to the Standing Orders, items for which debate needs to be rescheduled, and any Private Member’s Bill that is the subject of a committee report recommending that it not be further proceeded with.

Items in the Order of Precedence

The first 30 Members on the List for the Consideration of Private Members’ Business, who have introduced a bill or given notice of a motion on the Notice Paper, constitute the Order of Precedence.

Items are listed in the order in which they are to be considered in the House. However, the order of these items may change, subject to certain rules set out in the Standing Orders. Items may also be added or dropped. The Order of Precedence is thus subject to change from day to day.

Listed at the end of an item of Private Members’ Business are the names of any Members who have indicated they wish to second the item pursuant to Standing Order 86(3), and the dates on which they did so. Notes also show the amount of time remaining for debate before any vote is taken.

Items Outside the Order of Precedence

Items are listed by type:

Items Outside the Order of Precedence are not scheduled for consideration by the House. They are published in the electronic version of the Order Paper and Notice Paper on the House of Commons website.

List for the Consideration of Private Members’ Business

At the beginning of a Parliament or sometimes during the course of a Session, the names of all Members are drawn to establish a List for the Consideration of Private Members’ Business.

All Members’ names are placed on the List, whether they have submitted an item of Private Members’ Business or not.

In order to be placed in the Order of Precedence, a Member must have at least one of the following items: a bill that has already been introduced and given first reading or a motion that has been placed on notice; including a notice of motion for the production of papers that has been transferred for debate.

When fewer than 15 eligible names remain on the List, a draw is held to establish a new List for the Consideration of Private Members’ Business.

The List for the Consideration of Private Members’ Business is published in the electronic version of the Order Paper and Notice Paper on the House of Commons website.

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

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