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Exchanges

Exchange of items

If the sponsor of an item is unable to move his or her motion on the day set by the Order of Precedence, the Speaker may arrange an exchange of the sponsor’s item with that of another Member whose name appears on the Order of Precedence.

Exchanges are limited by the rule that all the requirements of the Appeals process regarding non-votable items must be met. Furthermore, at least 10 sitting days must elapse between the first and second hour of debate on motions or bills at second reading.

The Speaker must be given at least 48 hours’ written notice of the request and must obtain the consent of the Members involved.

If no exchange is possible, Private Members’ Business is suspended for that day. Pursuant to Standing Order 94(2)(b), the House continues with the business before it, and the Member’s name is dropped to the bottom of the Order of Precedence. If the suspension occurs on a Monday, the House takes up Government Orders during that hour pursuant to Standing Order 99(2).

An item dropped to the bottom of the Order of Precedence in this way was formerly marked with an asterisk, although the current practice is to superscribe it with an obelisk, indicating that the sponsoring Member cannot request a further exchange. A Member that causes the suspension of more than one hour of Private Members’ Business will have his or her item dropped from the Order Paper.

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