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Daily Order of Business

The daily order of business is the recurring sequence of business for each sitting day. The daily business of the House is taken up according to a predetermined sequence outlined in the Standing Orders of the House. All items of business that can be dealt with on a given day are listed on the daily Order Paper, the official agenda of the House.

The daily activities of the House are generally grouped into five categories:

The Daily Proceedings include three events in the daily schedule: the Prayer (followed by the National Anthem on Wednesdays), Statements by Members, and Oral Questions. The Daily Routine of Business, or Routine Proceedings as it is more commonly known, consists of separate categories of business usually referred to as rubrics and includes, among other items, tabling of documents, statements by Ministers, and the introduction of bills sponsored by either the Government or private Members.

Government Orders include any item of business proposed by a Minister that the House has ordered for consideration. Each day one hour of House time is set aside for Private Members’ Business during which bills and motions sponsored by Members who are not Ministers are considered. The Adjournment Proceedings are the final category of business considered on a sitting day (Fridays excepted).

(The Daily Order of Business table is available on the House of Commons website.)

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