CHAPTER X MOTION FOR ADJURNMENT ON A MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

56. Method of giving Notice Notice of an adjournment motion shall be given to the Secretary in duplicate at least one hour before the commencement of the sitting on the day on which the motion is proposed to be made. The Secretary shall send one copy of the notice to the Minister concerned.

57. Speaker's Consent necessary to make Motion Subject to the provisions of these rules, a motion for an adjournment of the business of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance may be made with the consent of the Speaker.

58. Restrictions on Right to make Motion The Adjournment motion shall be subject to the following restrictions, namely

    1. not more than one motion shall be made at the same sitting.
    2. not more than one matter shall be discussed on the same motion;
    3. the motion shall be restricted to a specific matter of recent occurrence;
    4. the motion shall not raise a question of privilege;
    5. the motion shall not revive discussion on a matter which has been discussed in the same session;
    6. the motion shall not anticipate a matter which has been previously fixed for consideration, but the Speaker, in disallowing the motion on this ground, shall take into consideration that the discussion of the matter anticipated is likely to be taken up in the House within the reasonable time; and
    7. the motion must not deal with a matter on which resolution could not be moved.

59. Motion for discussion on Matters before Tribunals, Commissions, etc. No motion which seeks to raise discussion on a matter pending before any statutory tribunal or statutory authority performing any judicial or quasi judicial functions or any Commission or Court of Inquiry appointed to inquire into or investigate a matter shall ordinarily be permitted to be moved:

Provided that the Speaker may in his discretion allow such matter being raised in the House as is concerned with the procedure, or scope, or stage of inquiry if the Speaker is satisfied that it is not likely to prejudice the consideration of such matter by the tribunal, statutory authority, Commission, or Court of Inquiry.

60. Mode of asking for leave to Move Adjournment Motion (1) If the Speaker holds that the matter proposed is in order and give his consent under rule 57, he shall call the member concerned who shall rise in his place and ask for leave to move for Adjournment of the House.

(2) If objection to leave being granted is taken, the Speaker shall request those members who are in favour of leave being granted to rise in there places and if not less than one-twelfth of the total number of members of the House for the time being rise accordingly, the Speaker shall intimate that leave is granted. If less than required number of members rise, the Speaker shall inform the member that he has not leave of the House.

61. Time for taking up Motion If leave to make such a motion is granted, the motion shall be taken up an hour before the time fixed for the usual termination of the business of the day, or if the Speaker so directs, at any earlier hour at which business of the day may terminate.

62. Limitation of Time of Discussion (1) The debate on a motion to discuss a definite matter of urgent public importance if not earlier concluded, shall automatically terminate on the expiration of two hours from the time when the discussion began and thereafter no question shall be put.

(2) The Speaker shall prescribe a time limit for speeches:

Provided that no speech shall exceed 15 minutes in duration.

 

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