Any Member who wishes to receive more information following a response given to his or her question during Question Period, or who has been told by the Speaker that a question is not urgent, may give notice of his or her intention to raise the subject matter of the question during the Adjournment Proceedings, commonly referred to as the “late show”.
As well, any Member whose written question on the Order Paper has not been responded to within 45 days may give notice of his or her intention to transfer the question to the Adjournment Proceedings for debate, rather than having the matter referred to a standing committee for review.
At the commencement of this 30-minute period, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday (there are no Adjournment Proceedings on Friday), a motion to adjourn the House is deemed to have been moved and seconded. After debate, the motion to adjourn is deemed carried and the House adjourns.
Members must provide the Table with written notice of their desire to raise the subject matter of an oral question no later than one hour following the conclusion of Question Period on the day on which the question was raised. The Member must fill out the form entitled: Adjournment Proceedings—Notices of Questions, copies of which are available from the Page Supervisors in the Chamber. Once completed and signed, the form should be submitted to the Table.
A Member may also give oral notice in the House with reference to a question on the Order Paper not being answered within the required 45-day period. This is done when the rubric “Questions on the Order Paper” is called during Routine Proceedings. The Member rises and states that he or she wishes to transfer the question for debate and to raise the subject matter during the Adjournment Proceedings. The order referring the matter to committee is then dropped.
If the matter is not taken up for debate within 45 sitting days following the notice, the notice is deemed withdrawn and cannot be renewed.
Debates during Adjournment Proceedings are arranged by the Private Members’ Business Office on behalf of the Speaker.
The day after the notice has been submitted, the Member will receive a confirmation e-mail with all the pertinent information relating to the notice: date of question, subject matter and expiry date. In order to ensure timely consideration, the Member’s office should contact the Private Members’ Business Office to set a date and time to debate a question.
A notice may be deemed withdrawn if a Member gives notice of his or her intention to raise the subject matter on a specific day and the matter is not taken up during the time provided because the Member is not present to do so.
The Speaker has the discretionary power to determine the specific questions to be raised on a given day during Adjournment Proceedings, as well as the order of their consideration. Debates during Adjournment Proceedings are arranged by procedural staff on behalf of the Speaker.
No later than 5:00 p.m., the Speaker announces to the House which matter or matters are to be raised during that evening’s proceedings.
During the Adjournment Proceedings, debate on any one item can last no longer than ten minutes:
Any Minister or Parliamentary Secretary may answer on behalf of the government.
After 30 minutes or upon completion of debate, whichever comes first, the motion to adjourn is deemed to have been adopted and the House is adjourned until the next sitting day.
Adjournment Proceedings are suspended:
Adjournment Proceedings may be delayed until later in the day:
On other occasions when the adjournment of the House has been delayed, the House has opted to preserve the adjournment debate at its normal time and, after the debate, to deem the motion withdrawn.
Points of order and questions of privilege may not be raised during the Adjournment Proceedings and the House operates without a requirement for quorum. The Speaker will not allow motions moved by unanimous consent during this period.
Aside from addressing any instance of unparliamentary language, matters arising from the conduct of the Adjournment Proceedings are deferred until the next sitting day.
Further information: Private Members’ Business Office—Telephone: 613-992-9511