At the beginning of the first session of a new Parliament, Members are notified of a random draw to establish the List for the Consideration of Private Members’ Business, pursuant to Standing Order 87. (1)(a)(i). Each Member is assigned a number (from 1 to 338), and the names of Members whose number is drawn are placed on the List.
The List is used to create the Order of Precedence, which consists of the items of Private Members’ Business that are scheduled for debate in the House.
In order for a Member’s item of Private Members’ Business to be eligible for placement on the Order of Precedence, a Member must have, at a minimum, a bill that has already been introduced and given first reading or a motion that has been placed on notice (including a motion for the production of papers that has been transferred for debate).
After the draw, the names of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries, who are ineligible by virtue of their office, are dropped to the bottom of the List for as long as they hold one of those positions, pursuant to Standing Order 87. (1)(a)(ii). The names on this part of the List are not used to replenish the Order of Precedence.
The names of Members who cease to hold a position that makes them ineligible are then moved to the bottom of the part of the List used to replenish the Order of Precedence.
If a Member no longer wishes to proceed with a notice of motion or a bill that has not yet been given first reading, he or she may request that the item be withdrawn from the Order Paper by notifying the Clerk of the House in writing. If a Member wishes to withdraw a bill that has been given first reading, he or she must seek the unanimous consent of the House to do so.
Over the course of a Parliament, if the List for the Consideration of Private Members’ Business becomes depleted to the point that it contains fewer than 15 names (not counting those ineligible by virtue of their position), a second or subsequent draw is held to establish a new List, pursuant to Standing Order 87. (3).