Private Members' Motions

What is a Private Members' Motion?

The proposals, which are made to Parliament, are known as motions. The motions moved by the ordinary members of Parliament are called Private Members' Motions. Any member could move any motion on any matter of public interest and such motions are either debated or disposed of.

Who can move Private Members' Motions?

Members of Parliament who do not hold office in government can move these motions. The Speaker, Deputy Speaker, the Deputy Chairman of Committees, the Leader of the House, the Whips, Ministers and Deputy Ministers cannot move such motions.

What are the Subject Areas?

They can be on any subject. Motions have been moved on many important matters such as reintroduction of Capital Punishment, appointment of presidential commissions and gender issues.

How they are debated?

They are moved and debated on the first Friday of the month. But no-confidence motions are given priority even if they are Private Members' Motions. They are debated during government time. The Private Members' Motions are debated for ninety minutes. The Government Minister in charge of the subject could make his observation on the matter.

What is the Procedure?

  • Notice should be given to the Secretary- General of Parliament. If the Speaker accepts the motion, it is included in the Order Book. But it should not be debated until the expiration of five clear days.

  • If a member does not move a motion that stands in his name when he is called on, it lapses unless another member duly authorised by him moves it on his behalf.

  • The motion needs to be seconded by another Member of Parliament.

  • A member who has made a motion may withdraw the same with the permission of the Parliament.

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Last Updated on 12-02-2013

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