A designated public officer who wishes to make a statement on any issue concerning public interest shall inform the President of his wish before the beginning of the meeting at which he wishes to make the statement.
No debate may arise on such a statement but the President may allow short and succinct questions to be put to the public officer making the statement, if in the opinion of the President the questions are relevant to the statement.
(L.N. 32 of 2008)
28A. Personal Explanations
A Member who wishes to make an explanation of personal matters shall inform the President of his wish, and provide an advance copy of the intended explanation to the President for agreement to ensure that the explanation will not provoke a debate and that the contents are appropriate. If leave is given by the President for making the explanation, the Member shall not depart from the agreed contents.
No debate may arise on such an explanation but the President may in his discretion allow short questions to be put to the Member making the explanation for the purpose of elucidation.
Where the explanation is made in relation to a motion moved under Part JA (Procedures for Particular Motions) and the Member is unable to attend the meeting at which it is intended to be made, the President may direct that a copy of the explanation be sent to every Member and the text of the explanation be taken as read.