The procedure for debate will be carefully explained at all events where debate takes place. We are supportive and patient with members learning the ropes.  However, please use the information on this page to prepare for debate if you wish to.

How to Speak in the House

When you wish to speak in the house (to debate, ask a question, or make a motion), the procedure is very simple:

1. Wait until the member before you finishes speaking and sits down.

2. Stand in your place and wait to be recognized by the Speaker.  To recognize members, the speaker will state the constituency of the member. If another member is recognized first, sit back down and try again when they are finished.

3. Once you are recognized, remain standing, and thank the Speaker for recognizing you.  Make all of the comments that you wish to make, and then sit back down.

When to Speak in the House

There are several times when you may rise to speak in the House.  The most important is during debate on motions.  Any time a member makes a motion, the Speaker will invite discussion or debate on the motion.  Listen for this invitation, and feel free to stand and speak if you have something to say.  The most common time to stand will be after a resolution or bill is moved.

Things to Remember

While you are speaking, there are several things you should keep in mind:

Points of Order

Throughout debate, you will undoubtedly hear ‘Points of Order’ raised by the Members. These is used to draw to the attention of the House a breach of the rules of order. Activities such as debating whereas clauses, referring to another Member by name, or ‘using language unbecoming of a member of parliament’ will frequently be caught and called. When such a Point has been raised, the Speaker will make a ruling, explain the consequences, in rare instances take action, and then move on with the business of the House.

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