CHAPTER VIII CALLING ATTENTION TO MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

51. Calling Attention to Matters of Urgent Public Importance (1) A member may give notice for calling the attention of a Minister to a matter of urgent public importance to the Principal Secretary one hour before the commencement of the sitting. Such a notice shall be in duplicate. The Principal Secretary shall send one copy of the notice to the Minister concerned for information.

(2) On any such notice being admitted the Minister concerned may make his brief statement on the matter given notice of on the same day or may ask for time to make his statement on any future day. In the case of a written statement one copy thereof shall also be given to the member concerned.

(3) There shall be no debate on such a statement but the Speaker may, if he deems fit, permit questions for elucidating facts relating to the matter given notice of.

(4) Not more than one such matter shall be raised at the same sitting.

(5) In the event of more than one notice being given for the same day, that notice which, in the opinion of the Speaker, is most urgent and importance shall be admitted.

 

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