Standing Orders (2014)

Standing Orders of the House of Representatives are the rules of procedure for the House and its committees.  The 2014 edition is provided below.  Previous versions of Standing Orders are also available.

Standing Orders of the House of Representatives, 2014

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: General provisions and office-holders
Chapter 2: Sittings of the House
Chapter 3: General procedures
Chapter 4: Select Committees
Chapter 5: Legislative procedures
Chapter 6: Financial procedures
Chapter 7: Non-legislative procedures
Chapter 8: Parliamentary privilege
Appendix A: Time limits of speeches and debates
Appendix B: Pecuniary and other specified interests
Appendix C: Preliminary procedures for private bills and local bills and local legislation bills
Appendix D: Rules for filming and conditions for use of official television coverage

CHAPTER 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS AND OFFICE-HOLDERS

INTRODUCTION
1          Purpose
2          Interpretation
3          Definitions
4          Suspension of Standing Orders
5          Limitation on moving suspension
6          Amendment or revocation of Standing Orders
7          Functions of Standing Orders Committee

JOURNALS AND RECORDS
8          Clerk to note proceedings
9          Official report
10        Custody of Journals and records
11        Disposal of records

OPENING OF PARLIAMENT
12        Proceedings on meeting of new Parliament
13        Swearing-in of members
14        Proceedings on day of State Opening

ELECTION OF SPEAKER
15        Clerk acts as chairperson
16        Nomination of members
17        One member nominated
18        Two members nominated
19        More than two members nominated
20        No proxies permitted
21        Election of Speaker
22        Adjournment following election of Speaker
23        Speaker to lay claim to privileges of House
24        Speaker reports to House
25        Vacancy in Speakership

OTHER PRESIDING OFFICERS
26        Deputy Speaker
27        Powers of Deputy Speaker
28        Assistant Speakers
29        Term of office
30        Party leader or whip not to be presiding officer
31        Vacancy in office
32        Absence of Speaker
33        Temporary Speaker

PARTIES
34        Recognition of parties
35        Notification of party details
36        Leader of the Opposition

CHAPTER 2: SITTINGS OF THE HOUSE

ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE
37        Attendance
38        Permission to be absent from the House
39        Absence from the House
40        Minister to be present

STRANGERS
41        Strangers may be ordered to withdraw
42        Effect of order that strangers withdraw
43        Strangers interrupting proceedings
44        Speaker controls admission

SITTINGS
45        Sittings of the House
46        Broadcasting
47        Appointment of Monday, Friday, or Saturday as sitting day
48        No Sunday sitting
49        Adjournment of the House
50        Speaker may suspend sitting or adjourn the House
51        Conclusion of sitting
52        Interruption when House in committee
53        Interruption deferred when vote in progress
54        Resumption of business
55        Early sitting or postponement of sitting during adjournment
56        Extended sitting hours
57        Urgency
58        Effect of urgency
59        Business transacted after urgency accorded
60        Extraordinary urgency
61        Effect of extraordinary urgency

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
62        Prayers and Mace
63        Order of business
64        Order Paper
65        Types of business
66        General business 
67        Government orders of the day
68        Arrangement of Government orders of the day
69        Private and local orders of the day
70        Arrangement of private and local orders of the day
71        Members’ orders of the day
72        Arrangement of Members’ orders of the day
73        Orders of the day not reached
74        Discharge or postponement of order of the day
75        Tuesdays and Thursdays
76        Wednesdays

BUSINESS COMMITTEE
77        Business Committee
78        Basis of making decisions in Business Committee
79        Business of the House
80        Determination of Business Committee
81        Sitting programme
82        State occasions

REINSTATEMENT OF BUSINESS
83        Reinstatement of business

CHAPTER 3: GENERAL PROCEDURES

MAINTENANCE OF ORDER
84        Speaker maintains order
85        Members to acknowledge Chair
86        Members to be seated
87        Members to stand as Speaker leaves Chamber
88        Points of order
89        Disorderly conduct
90        Naming of member
91        Member may be suspended
92        Naming in committee of the whole House
93        Time during which member is suspended
94        Refusal to obey Speaker’s direction
95        Effect of suspension
96        House’s right to hold in contempt

MOTIONS
97        Notice necessary before motion moved
98        Giving of notice of motion
99        Examination of notices
100      Disposal of Members’ notices of motion
101      Form and content of notices
102      No seconder required
103      Question proposed on motion
104      Rescission of resolution

RULES OF DEBATE
105      Speaker calls upon member to speak
106      Factors to be taken into account by Speaker in calling members
107      Members to address Speaker
108      Languages
109      Member may speak only once to question
110      Misrepresentation
111      Relevancy
112      Visual aids
113      Anticipating discussion
114      Proceedings of committees not to be referred to
115      Matters subject to judicial decision
116      Application of prohibition of reference to matters awaiting judicial decision
117      Offensive references to House or judiciary
118      References to Sovereign or Governor-General
119      Offensive or disorderly words
120      Personal reflections
121      Time limits of speeches and debates

RULES FOR AMENDMENTS
122      General rules
123      Amendment to be relevant
124      Amendment to be in writing
125      Question proposed on amendment
126      Debate on main question and amendment
127      Amendment to amendment
128      Member who has already spoken may speak to new amendment
129      Member who has moved amendment may not move further amendment
130      Questions put

INTERRUPTION OF DEBATE
131      Interruption of member speaking
132      Interruption of debate
133      Adjournment of debate
134      Member entitled to speak first on resumption
135      If motion negatived mover may speak

CLOSURE OF DEBATE
136      Closure
137      Acceptance of closure motion
138      Effect of carrying of closure

PUTTING THE QUESTION
139      Question is put when debate concluded
140      Voice vote
141      Party vote
142      Personal vote on conscience issue
143      Procedure for party vote
144      Personal vote following party vote
145      Procedure for personal vote
146      Members to remain in Chamber
147      One-minute bell for personal votes in certain cases
148      Member acting as teller must continue to act unless excused by Speaker
149      If no teller no personal vote allowed
150      Records of personal votes
151      Fewer than 20 members participating
152      Errors and mistakes
153      Ties
154      Proxy voting
155      Casting of proxy vote

EXAMINATION BY ORDER OF THE HOUSE
156      Issue and service of summons
157      Examination on oath
158      Conduct of examination

RESPONSES
159      Application for response
160      Consideration by Speaker
161      Speaker decides against incorporation
162      Speaker decides response should be incorporated

PECUNIARY AND OTHER SPECIFIC INTERESTS
163      Pecuniary and other specified interests

DECLARATION OF FINANCIAL INTEREST
164      Financial interest
165      Declaration of financial interest
166      Speaker decides if interest held

MESSAGES AND ADDRESSES
167      Message from Governor-General
168      Preparation and adoption of address
169      Presentation of address

COMMITTEES OF THE WHOLE HOUSE
170      House resolves itself into committee
171      Mace placed under Table
172      Presiding officers
173      Conduct of proceedings
174      Conduct of examination
175      Committee to consider only matter referred
176      Instruction to committee of the whole House
177      Chairperson may suspend proceedings in certain situations
178      Report to take Speaker’s ruling
179      Resumption of proceedings after suspension
180      Committee may not adjourn
181      Motion to report progress
182      Report
183      Adoption of report

CHAPTER 4: SELECT COMMITTEES

ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMITTEES
184      Establishment and life of select committees
185      Membership of committees
186      Non-voting members
187      Changes in membership

SUBJECT SELECT COMMITTEES
188      Subject select committees
189      Functions of subject select committees

MEETINGS OF COMMITTEES
190      Time for meetings
191      Meetings on Fridays
192      Place of meeting
193      Meetings outside Wellington area
194      Meetings within Wellington area

POWERS OF COMMITTEES
195      Seeking evidence
196      Exercise of power to send for persons, papers, and records
197      Application to Speaker for summons
198      Subcommittees
199      Criminal wrongdoing
200      Charges against members

CHAIRPERSON AND DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON
201      Chairperson and deputy chairperson
202      Absence of chairperson
203      Transfer of powers of chairperson during meeting

CONDUCT OF PROCEEDINGS
204      Conduct of proceedings
205      Notice of meeting
206      Giving notice of business
207      Question previously decided
208      Names of members present
209      Quorum
210      Members may be present
211      Advisers
212      Attendance by strangers
213      Voting
214      Disorder

GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR EVIDENCE
215      Written submissions
216      Return of evidence
217      Release of submissions
218      Private evidence
219      Secret evidence
220      Application for evidence to be private or secret
221      Access to information

HEARING OF EVIDENCE
222      Public attendance at hearing
223      Matters of concern before giving evidence
224      Conduct of examination
225      Relevance of questions
226      Objection to answering
227      Committee consideration of objection
228      Counsel
229      Witnesses’ expenses
230      Evidence on oath
231      Transcripts of evidence

NATURAL JUSTICE
232      Disqualification for apparent bias
233      Complaints of apparent bias
234      Evidence containing allegations
235      Access to information by person whose reputation may be seriously damaged
236      Irrelevant or unjustified allegations
237      Information about allegation that may seriously damage reputation
238      Responding where allegation may seriously damage reputation

INFORMATION ON PROCEEDINGS
239      Confidentiality of proceedings
240      Confidentiality of reports
241      Confidentiality of lapsed business
242      Information on committee’s proceedings

REPORTS
243      Interim reports
244      Special reports
245      Minority views
246      Findings
247      Reports to be signed
248      Day fixed for presentation of reports
249      Presentation of reports
250      Reports set down
251      Consideration of reports
252      Government responses to select committee reports

CHAPTER 5: LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES

FORM OF BILLS
253      Classification of bills
254      Enacting formula in bills
255      Title
256      Date of commencement
257      Explanatory notes
258      Private bills
259      Temporary law
260      Bills to relate to one subject area
261      Speaker to scrutinise bills

OMNIBUS BILLS
262      Types of omnibus bills that may be introduced
263      Other omnibus bills

GENERAL PROVISIONS
264      Same bill or amendment not to be proposed
265      New Zealand Bill of Rights
266      Entrenched provisions
267      Copies of bills
268      Passing of bills
269      Cognate bills
270      Special rules in respect of Appropriation and Imprest Supply bills
271      Revision bills
272      Member’s bill may be adopted by Government
273      Private bills
274      Local bills and Local Legislation bills
275      Withdrawal of local bills and private bills

INTRODUCTION
276      Introduction of Government bills
277      Introduction of Members’ bills
278      Notice of proposal of Members’ bills
279      Fair copies of proposed Members’ bills
280      Support for proposed Members’ bills
281      Ballot for Members’ bills
282      Introduction of local bills and private bills
283      Announcement of introduction of bills
284      Introduction of Appropriation bills, Imprest Supply bills, and bills under urgency

FIRST READING
285      Bills set down for first reading
286      First reading
287      Speech of member moving first reading
288      Referral to select committee
289      Determination of committee to consider bill
290      Instruction to select committee

SELECT COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION
291      Select committee consideration of bills
292      Recommendation of amendments
293      Opinions from other committees
294      Select committee may divide bill

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
295      Time for report
296      Select committee reports

SECOND READING
297      Second reading
298      Questions put at conclusion of debate
299      Next stage of bill
300      Adoption of amendments

COMMITTEE STAGE
301      Arrangements for consideration in committee
302      Consideration in committee
303      Order of considering bill
304      Numbers only read
305      Questions to be proposed in committee
306      Amendments may be placed on Supplementary Order Paper
307      Consideration of amendments
308      Amendments of member in charge
309      Committee may divide bill
310      Adoption of report on bill

THIRD READING AND PASSING
311      Recommittal
312      Third reading
313      Members’ bills, local bills, and private bills affecting rights or prerogatives
314      Bill passed
315      Bills passed to be printed fair, authenticated, and presented for Royal assent
316      Verbal or formal amendments
317      After Royal assent given

DELEGATED LEGISLATION
318      Functions of Regulations Review Committee 
319      Drawing attention to regulation
320      Procedure where complaint made concerning regulation
321      Disallowance motion does not lapse
322      Affirmative resolution procedure
323      Negative resolution procedure
324      Procedure for disallowance of immediate modification order
325      Confirmation and validation bills

CHAPTER 6: FINANCIAL PROCEDURES

GOVERNMENT'S FINANCIAL VETO
326      Financial veto
327      Financial veto certificate
328      Application of financial veto rule to bills and motions
329      Application of financial veto rule to amendments to bills and changes to Votes
330      Notice of amendment to bill or change to Vote

IMPREST SUPPLY
331      Imprest Supply bills

THE BUDGET
332      Budget policy statement
333      Delivery of the Budget
334      Budget debate
335      Budget papers and Estimates
336      Economic and fiscal reports

ESTIMATES
337      Referral of Estimates
338      Examination of Estimates
339      Estimates debate
340      Third reading of main Appropriation Bill

SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES
341      Examination of Supplementary Estimates
42      Passing of bill

ANNUAL TAXING PROVISION
343      Debate on annual taxing provision

ANNUAL REVIEW
344      Allocation of responsibility for conducting annual reviews
345      Select committees to conduct annual reviews
346      Appropriation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill
347      Annual review debate
348      Passing of Appropriation (Confirmation and Validation) Bill
349      Consideration of annual reviews of Crown entities, public organisations, and State enterprises

DETERMINATION OF VOTES AND ANNUAL REVIEWS FOR DEBATE
350      Determination of Votes and annual reviews for debate

CHAPTER 7: NON-LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES

ADDRESS IN REPLY
351      Motion for Address in Reply
352      Amendment to motion
353      Debate takes precedence

DEBATE ON PRIME MINISTER'S STATEMENT
354      Prime Minister’s statement
355      Debate on Prime Minister’s statement

STATEMENTS IN THE HOUSE
356      Ministerial statements
357      Comment on ministerial statement
358      Personal explanation
359      Response to misrepresentation during time for oral questions
360      Maiden and valedictory statements

PETITIONS
361      Addressed to the House and contain request for action
362      To be in English or Māori
363      Communications concerning petition
364      Signatures
365      Signatures to be on sheet containing request
366      Petitions of corporations
367      Form of petition
368      Members to examine and certify petitions
369      Petitions to be delivered to Clerk
370      Petitions referred to select committees
371      Petitions not in order

PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS
372      Presentation of papers
373      Parliamentary papers
374      Speaker controls publication
375      Translation of documents
376      Documents quoted by Minister
377      Documents tabled by leave

QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS AND MEMBERS
378      Questions to Ministers
379      Questions to other members
380      Content of questions
381      Lodging of oral questions
382      Lodging and publication of written questions and replies
383      Time for oral questions
384      Asking oral question
385      Replying to oral question
386      Content of replies
387      Supplementary questions
388      Urgent questions

DEBATE ON MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
389      Application for debate
390      Announcement and debate
391      Only one debate on same day

GENERAL DEBATE
392      General debate each Wednesday

WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT DIRECTIONS
393      Whole of government directions

CIVIL DEFENCE
394      Civil defence

OFFICERS OF PARLIAMENT
395      Functions of Officers of Parliament Committee
396      Reports of Officers of Parliament

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES
397      Presentation and referral of treaties
398      National interest analysis   117
399      Select committee consideration of treaties   117
400      Reports by select committees on treaties   118

CHAPTER 8: PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGE

401      Privileges Committee
402      Raising a matter of privilege
403      Allegation of breach of privilege or contempt
404      Consideration by Speaker
405      Members to be informed of allegations against them
406      Speaker’s ruling
407      Question of privilege stands referred to Privileges Committee
408      Maker of allegation not to serve on inquiry
409      Contempt of House
410      Examples of contempts
411      Reference to parliamentary proceedings before court
412      Evidence of proceedings not to be given

APPENDIX A: TIME LIMITS OF SPEECHES AND DEBATES

GENERAL PROCEDURES

LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES

FINANCIAL PROCEDURES

NON-LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES

APPENDIX B: PECUNIARY AND OTHER SPECIFIED INTERESTS

INTRODUCTION
1          Introduction

PART 1
2          Definitions
3          Duty to make initial return
4          Duty to make annual return
5          Contents of return relating to member’s position as at effective date of return
6          Relationship property settlements and debts owed by certain family members do not have to be disclosed
7          Short-term debts for supply of goods or services do not have to be disclosed
8          Contents of return relating to member’s activities for period ending on effective date of return
9          Period covered by return
10        Actual value, amount, or extent not required
11        Form of return

PART 2
12        Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament
13        Office of Registrar
14        Functions of Registrar
15        Auditor-General’s review
16        Registrar’s inquiry
17        Information on Registrar’s inquiry
18        Registrar must publish summary of returns of current members of Parliament
19        Speaker must present copy of booklet to House of Representatives
20        Errors or omissions
21        Information about register
22        Responsibilities of members and Registrar

APPENDIX C: PRELIMINARY PROCEDURES FOR PRIVATE BILLS AND LOCAL BILLS AND LOCAL LEGISLATION BILLS

PRIVATE BILLS AND LOCAL BILLS

LOCAL LEGISLATION BILLS

APPENDIX D: RULES FOR FILMING AND CONDITIONS FOR USE OF OFFICIAL TELEVISION COVERAGE

Part A: Rules for filming

Part B: Conditions for use of official television coverage