From time to time, the House holds a “take-note debate” which allows Members to express their views on an issue, without the requirement that a decision be made. Take-note debates allow Members to participate in the development of government policy and to make their views known before the government adopts a position.
A Minister of the Crown, following consultation with the House Leaders of the other parties, may propose a motion at any time to hold a take-note debate. The Minister’s motion must be proposed at least 48 hours before the debate is to begin and sets out the subject matter and the date on which the debate will be held.
Take-note debates are held at the end of the sitting day in a Committee of the Whole. The adjournment proceedings are suspended on that day.
The rules governing a Committee of the Whole apply except that: