"Adjournment" means the temporary termination of sittings of
the House of Parliament until it meets again on a future date.
The issues raised by a Member of Parliament at the time of adjournment
are called Adjournment Motions.
It is a method used by the Private Members to focus the attention
of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance
at short notice.
Types of Adjournment Motions
||Adjournment motions under Standing
||Adjournment motions which can be moved at the adjournment time for which one hour has been allocated each day.
||By agreement of the committee on Parliamentary Business.
Procedure for an Adjournment Motion under Standing Order
The Member who wishes to move such motion has to inform the
Speaker in writing and obtain his permission. If Permission
is granted the Member concerned can move the motion after the
question time and obtain the leave of the House. If leave is
not granted it would suffice if 20 members have risen in support
of the motion. A motion for which leave has been granted or
so supported will stand over till 2.30 p.m. at which time the
debate will commence.
In instances where the Speaker has ruled out the proposed adjournment
motion he may allow the Member to raise the matter and shall
announce his reasons for refusal.
It is a new development that the Members have to submit their
motions for adjournment debates beforehand through their Party
representatives to the Parliamentary Business Committee and
seek the approval for the motion. Once it is accepted by the
Committee, a date can be fixed for the debate. Thereafter, the
motion can be taken up without following the procedure referred
to above. However, only one motion can be moved on a single