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Routine Proceedings

The daily routine of business, commonly referred to as “Routine Proceedings”, is the time in the daily schedule when Members have an opportunity to bring a variety of matters to the attention of the House, generally without debate. Routine Proceedings take place at the opening of the sitting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, at 3:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, and at 12:00 noon on Friday.

This segment of the daily program is organized under separate headings or rubrics called by the Speaker each day and considered in sequence. These include:

As the Speaker calls each rubric in Routine Proceedings, Members who wish to bring forward matters rise in their places and are recognized. Usually they will have indicated previously to the Chair or to the Clerks at the Table their wish to raise an item. The amount of time required to complete Routine Proceedings varies from day to day depending on the number of items dealt with under each rubric.

After Routine Proceedings on Wednesday, “Notices of Motions for the Production of Papers” are considered immediately after “Questions on the Order Paper”. Applications for emergency debates are also considered after Routine Proceedings, prior to the calling of Orders of the Day.

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