PART H
RULES OF SPEAKING

36. Time and Manner of Speaking

(1) A Member shall speak standing and shall address his observations to the President or Chairman.

(2) When the President or Chairman rises, during proceedings in Council or in committee of the whole Council, every Member shall be seated.

(3) If two or more Members indicate their intention to speak at the same time, the President or Chairman shall select one Member and call on him to speak.     (L.N. 107 of 1999)

(4) When a Member has finished speaking he shall resume his seat and the President or Chairman shall thereupon call such other Members who indicate or have indicated their intention to speak.     (L.N. 107 of 1999)

(5) Subject to Rule 37 (Recommendations of House Committee as to Time of Speaking), a Member shall not, without the permission of the President or the Chairman, to be given only in exceptional circumstances, make a speech lasting more than 15 minutes.

(6) The restriction on speaking time referred to in subrule (5) shall not apply to designated public officers and a Member reporting to the Council under Rules 21 (Presentation of Papers) and 54(7) (Second Reading).

37. Recommendations of House Committee as to Time of Speaking

(1) In relation to any motion or amendment to a motion (other than a motion intended to have legislative effect or to which Part JA (Procedures for Particular Motions) applies) to be moved at a meeting of the Council, whether or not the motion or amendment has at the time been placed on the Agenda of the Council, the House Committee may recommend -     (L.N. 311 of 1998)

(a) that the mover of the motion should not speak for more than a specified number of minutes (such period to be inclusive of any speech in reply under Rule 33(3A) (Manner of Debating Motions));     (L.N. 86 of 2000)

(b) that the mover of an amendment to the motion should not speak for more than a specified number of minutes; and

(c) that other Members each should not speak for more than a specified number of minutes.

(2) Where the House Committee so recommends under subrule (1) the Chairman shall cause the President to be notified in writing of the Committee's recommendations.

(3) Any recommendations of the House Committee under subrule (1), if accepted by the President (in which event he shall so inform Members as soon as practicable prior to calling upon the Member to move the motion), shall be binding upon all Members, but not upon designated public officers, and the President shall direct any Member speaking in excess of the recommended specified time to discontinue his speech.

38. Occasions when a Member may Speak more than once

(1) A Member may not speak more than once on a question, except -
(L.N. 86 of 2000)

(a) in committee of the whole Council; or

(b) as provided in subrule (2); or

(c) in explanation as provided in subrule (3); or

(d) in the case of the mover of a motion, in reply at the end of the debate on the motion; or (L.N. 86 of 2000)

(e) (Repealed L.N. 86 of 2000)

(f) upon a Member's motion as provided in subrule (8); or (L.N. 86 of 2000)

(fa) upon a motion to take note of a report of the House Committee as provided in Rule 49E(8) (Motions on Reports of House Committee on Consideration of Subsidiary Legislation and Other Instruments); or (L.N. 245 of 2009)

(g) with the leave of the President. (L.N. 86 of 2000)

(2) A Member who has spoken under Rule 54(7) (Second Reading) may speak a second time during the same debate.

(3) A Member who has spoken on a question may again be heard to explain some part of his speech which has been misunderstood, but when speaking he shall not introduce new matter.

(4) (Repealed L.N. 86 of 2000)

(5) A Member who has spoken on a question may speak again on an amendment moved to that question, and on a motion that the debate now be adjourned moved during the debate on that question.

(6) (Repealed L.N. 86 of 2000)

(7) (Repealed L.N. 86 of 2000)

(8) A designated public officer may speak a second time upon a Member's motion. (L.N. 86 of 2000)

39. Interruptions

A Member shall not interrupt another Member, except -

(a) by rising to a point of order, when the Member speaking shall resume his seat and the Member interrupting shall direct attention to the point which he wishes to bring to notice and submit it to the President or Chairman for decision; or

(b) to seek elucidation of some matter raised by that Member in the course of his speech, if the Member speaking is willing to give way and resume his seat and the Member wishing to interrupt is called by the President or Chairman.

40. Adjournment of Debate or of Proceedings of a Committee of the Whole Council

(1) A Member who has risen to speak on a question in the Council may move without notice that the debate be now adjourned. Thereupon the President shall propose the question on that motion.

(2) When a motion that the debate be now adjourned has been agreed to, the debate on the question then before the Council shall stand adjourned and the Council shall proceed to the next item of business.

(3) When a motion that the debate be now adjourned has been negatived, the debate on the question then before the Council shall be continued and no further motion that the debate be now adjourned shall be moved during that debate except by a designated public officer.

(4) When the Council is in committee a Member may move without notice that further proceedings of the committee be now adjourned. Thereupon the Chairman shall propose the question on that motion. If the motion is agreed to, the Council shall resume; but if the motion is negatived, the committee shall continue its proceedings.

(5) It shall not be in order to move an amendment to a motion under the provisions of this Rule.

(6) Except as otherwise provided in subrule (6A), a debate adjourned under the provisions of subrule (2) may be resumed at a subsequent meeting of the Council provided that the Member or public officer who moved the motion for that debate, or in the case of a debate on a bill, the Member or public officer in charge of the bill, shall give notice in writing to the Clerk of his intention to resume the debate not less than 5 clear days before the day on which the debate is to be resumed:     (L.N. 107 of 1999)

Provided that the President may in his discretion dispense with such notice.

(6A) A debate adjourned under the provisions of Rule 49B(2A) (Disqualification of Member from Office) shall be resumed at the earliest meeting of the Council at which normal business is transacted after the report of the investigation committee has been laid on the Table of the Council.
(L.N. 107 of 1999)

(7) Proceedings of a committee of the whole Council adjourned under the provisions of subrule (4) may be resumed at a subsequent meeting of the committee provided that the Member or public officer in charge of the bill to which the adjourned proceedings relate shall give notice in writing to the Clerk of his intention to resume the proceedings not less than 5 clear days before the day on which the proceedings are to be resumed:

Provided that the Chairman may in his discretion dispense with such notice.

(8) The provisions of subrules (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) shall apply to any debate or proceedings resumed under the provisions of subrules (6) and (7).

41. Contents of Speeches

(1) A Member shall restrict his observations to the subject under discussion and shall not introduce matter irrelevant to that subject.

(2) Reference shall not be made to a case pending in a court of law in such a way as, in the opinion of the President or Chairman, might prejudice that case.

(3) Except as otherwise provided in Rule 66 (Bills Returned for Reconsideration), it shall be out of order to attempt to reconsider a specific question on which the Council has taken a decision during the session, except in debate on a motion to rescind that decision moved with the permission of the President.

(4) It shall be out of order to use offensive and insulting language about Members of the Council.

(5) A Member shall not impute improper motives to another Member.

(6) The name of the Chief Executive shall not be used to influence the Council.

(7) Except where his conduct is the subject of a motion to which Part JA (Procedures for Particular Motions) applies, the conduct of the Chief Executive, a Member of the Executive Council or a Member of the Legislative Council otherwise than in the performance of his official duties shall not be raised. (L.N. 311 of 1998)

(8) The conduct of Judges or other persons performing judicial functions shall not be raised.

42. Behaviour of Members during Meeting

During a meeting of the Council -

(a) all Members shall enter or leave the Council properly attired and with decorum;

(b) no Member shall cross the floor of the Council unnecessarily;

(c) Members shall not read newspapers, books, letters or other documents, except such matter therein as may be directly connected with the business of the Council; and

(d) while a Member is speaking all other Members shall be silent and shall not make unseemly interruptions.

43. Application of Rules to Committees

The Rules in this Part shall apply to the proceedings in a committee unless the chairman of the committee orders otherwise.