RULES OF PROCEDURE OF

THE PROVISIONAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF
THE HONG KONG
SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION


MADE BY THE PROVISIONAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION ON 12 APRIL 1997.

PART C

ARRANGEMENT OF BUSINESS


18. Order of Business at a Meeting

   (1) The business of each meeting other than a meeting under Rule 8 (Attendance of the Chief Executive) or Rule 12 (Proceedings at the First Meeting after the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) shall be transacted in the following order:

     (a) Swearing in.

     (b) Obituary and other ceremonial speeches.

     (c) Reading by the President of messages and announcements by the President.

     (d) Presentation of petitions.

     (e) Laying on the Table of papers and of reports of select committees.

     (f) Asking and answering of questions put to the Government.

     (g) Statements by designated public officers.

     (h) Personal explanations.

     (i) Proceedings on Government bills and motions.

     (j) Proceedings on Member's bills and motions.

     (k) Proceedings under Rule 16(4) (Motions for the Adjournment of the Council).

   (2) The items of business mentioned in paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (g) and (h) of subrule (1) of this Rule shall not require notice; but with the exception of items (a) and (c) they shall not be entered upon save with the previous leave of the President.

19. The Agenda of the Council

   (1) The Agenda of the Provisional Legislative Council shall be decided by the President, and shall be in Chinese and English. All items of business for a meeting of which notice has been given shall be placed on the Agenda of the Council for that meeting in the order required by Rule 18 (Order of Business at a Meeting).

   (2) All questions to the Government shall be placed on the Agenda of the Council in accordance with the provisions of Rule 26(1) and (2) (Asking and Answering of Questions).

   (3) Bills in the charge of and motions proposed to be made by public officers shall be placed on the Agenda of the Council before bills in the charge of and motions proposed to be made by Members.

   (4) This Rule does not apply to a meeting under Rule 8 (Attendance of the Chief Executive) or Rule 12 (Proceedings at the First Meeting after the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region).