Chapter 6 - Standing Order No 31 - Adjournment of the House
Standing Order No. 31
Adjournment of the House
(1) Except where the Standing Orders provide for the President or Clerk to adjourn the House without putting a question, the House can be adjourned only by its own resolution.
(2) The adjournment of the House to terminate the sitting may be moved at any time by a Minister.
(3) The motion for the adjournment of the House to terminate the sitting may not be amended.
(4) On any motion for adjournment to terminate a sitting:
(a) the question will be put no later than 30 minutes after the motion has been moved, or, when a Minister wishes to speak or is then speaking, at the conclusion of the Minister’s remarks,
(b) any member may speak for five minutes on matters not relevant to the question, but may not refer to matters which are otherwise not in order.
(5) If, before the days and hours of sitting have been appointed by the House, an adjournment takes place without the day and hour being fixed for meeting, the House will meet on the days and at the hour appointed in the previous session.
(6) Whenever the House is adjourned for lack of a quorum to the next sitting day, and that day is a general holiday or public holiday, the House will stand adjourned to the following sitting day.
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