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Scottish Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)     94. - (1) Notices of questions for oral answer in the Scottish Grand Committee by Scottish Office ministers or Scottish law officers on a day specified in an order made under paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 100 (Scottish Grand Committee (sittings)), may be given by members of the committee in the Table Office.
 
      (2) Notices of questions given under this order shall bear an indication that they are for oral answer in the Scottish Grand Committee.
 
      (3) No more than one notice of a question may be given under this order by any member of the committee for each day specified under paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 100 (Scottish Grand Committee (sittings)) for the taking of questions.
 
      (4) On any day so specified under paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 100 (Scottish Grand Committee (sittings)), questions shall be taken at the commencement of the sitting; no question shall be taken later then three-quarters of an hour after the commencement of the proceedings thereon; and replies to questions not reached shall be printed with the official report of the committee's debates for that day.
 
      (5) Notices of questions under this order may be given ten sitting days before that on which an answer is desired save where otherwise provided by a memorandum under paragraph (8) of Standing Order No. 22 (Notices of questions, motions and amendments):

Provided that when it is proposed that the House shall adjourn for a period of fewer than four days, any day during that period (other than a Saturday or a Sunday) shall be counted as a sitting day for the purposes of the calculation made under this paragraph.
 

Scottish Grand Committee (short debates)     95. - (1) Notices of subjects to be raised in short debates in the Scottish Grand Committee, on a day specified in an order made under paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 100 (Scottish Grand Committee (sittings)), may be given by members of the committee in the Table Office.
 
      (2) Subjects of which notice is given under paragraph (1) of this order must relate to Scotland.
 
      (3) Not more than one notice of a subject may be given under this order by any member of the committee for each day specified under paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 100 (Scottish Grand Committee (sittings)) for the holding of short debates.
 
      (4) On any day so specified such debates shall be held at the commencement of the sitting or, if the order under paragraph (1) specifies also the taking of questions on that day, immediately after questions.
 
      (5)
 
 
    (a) No Member except the Minister of the Crown replying to the debate shall be called to speak later than half an hour after the commencement of the first such debate.
 
    (b) The Member who gave notice of the subject and the Minister of the Crown replying to the debate may each speak for five minutes. Other Members may speak for three minutes.
 
    (c) The chairman may direct any Member who exceeds the limits in sub-paragraph (b) to resume his seat forthwith.
      (6) Notices of subjects under this order may be given ten sitting days before that on which they are sought to be raised:

Provided that when it is proposed that the House shall adjourn for a period of fewer than four days, any day during that period (other than a Saturday or a Sunday) shall be counted as a sitting day for the purposes of the calculation made under this paragraph.
 

Scottish Grand Committee (ministerial statements)     96. - (1) The chairman of the Scottish Grand Committee may permit a Minister of the Crown, whether or not a Member of the House, to make a statement, of which prior notice has been given to him, and to answer questions thereon put by members of the committee.
 
      (2) Ministerial statements may be made for the purpose of-
 
 
    (a) facilitating the questioning by members of the committee of the Minister of the Crown about a matter relating to his official responsibilities so far as they relate to Scotland, which, in the case of a Scottish law officer, shall be as provided in the second column of the relevant sub-paragraph of paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to government departments), in which case proceedings under this order shall be brought to a conclusion either at an hour appointed by an order of the committee, for which a motion may be made without notice by a member of the government immediately before the commencement of such proceedings, on which motion the question shall be put forthwith, or, if no such motion is made, not later than three-quarters of an hour after their commencement; or
 
    (b) announcing the policy of the government on a matter relating to Scotland or the response of the government to an event relating to Scotland, in which case proceedings under this order shall be brought to a conclusion at the discretion of the chairman.
      (3) Ministerial statements may be made-
 
 
    (a) at the commencement of a sitting; or
 
    (b) if questions are taken, immediately after the conclusion of proceedings thereon; or
 
    (c) if short debates are held, immediately after the conclusion of those proceedings.
      (4) A Minister of the Crown making a statement under paragraph (1) of this order, who is not a Member of the House, may not do so from the body of the committee; and shall not vote, make any motion or be counted in the quorum.
 
Scottish Grand Committee (bills in relation to their principle)     97. - (1) After any public bill has been first printed, the Speaker shall, if of the opinion that its provisions relate exclusively to Scotland, give a certificate to that effect:

Provided that a certificate shall not be withheld by reason only that the bill-
 

 
    (a) makes minor consequential amendments of enactments which extend to England and Wales or Northern Ireland; or
 
    (b) amends Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967, Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 or Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975.
      (2) On the order being read for the second reading of a bill so certified, a motion may be made by a Minister of the Crown (or in the case of a private Member's bill, by the Member in charge of the bill), "That the bill be referred to the Scottish Grand Committee"; and the question thereon shall be put forthwith and may be decided at any hour, though opposed:

Provided that such a motion may be made by a private Member only with the leave of the House.
 

      (3) A bill so referred to the Scottish Grand Committee shall be considered on a motion, "That the Committee has considered the bill in relation to its principle"; and, when the committee has considered that question for a total of two and half hours (whether on one or more than one day), the chairman shall put the question necessary to dispose of the motion, and shall then report accordingly to the House (or shall report that the committee has come to no resolution), without any further question being put thereon:

Provided that a Minister of the Crown may, immediately before the motion "That the Committee has considered the bill in relation to its principle", is made, make without notice a motion to extend the time-limit specified in this paragraph; and the question on such motion shall be put forthwith.
 

      (4) A bill in respect of which a report has been made under paragraph (3) above shall be ordered to be read a second time on a future day.
 
      (5) On the order being read for the second reading of a bill to which paragraph (4) above applies, a motion may be made by a Minister of the Crown (or, in the case of a private Member's bill, by the Member in charge of the bill), "That the bill be committed to a Scottish Standing Committee (or to a special standing committee)"; and the question thereon shall be put forthwith and may be decided at any hour, though opposed.
 
      (6) If a motion made under the preceding paragraph be agreed to, the bill shall be deemed to have been read a second time, and shall stand committed to a Scottish Standing Committee (or to a special standing committee).
 
      (7) At the conclusion of proceedings on consideration on report of a bill in respect of which a report has been made under paragraph (3) above, or on the order being read for the third reading of such a bill, a motion may be made by a Minister of the Crown (or in the case of a private Member's bill, by the Member in charge of the bill), "That the Bill be referred again to the Scottish Grand Committee"; and the question thereon shall be put forthwith and may be decided at any hour, though opposed:

Provided that such a motion may be made by a private Member only with the leave of the House.
 

      (8) A bill so referred again to the Scottish Grand Committee shall be considered on a motion, "That the Committee has further considered the bill in relation to its principle"; and, when the committee has considered that question for a total of one and a half hours (whether on one or more than one day), the chairman shall put the question necessary to dispose of the motion, and shall then report accordingly to the House (or shall report that the committee has come to no resolution), without any further question being put thereon:

Provided that a Minister of the Crown may, immediately before the motion "That the Committee has further considered the bill in relation to its principle" is made, make without notice a motion to extend the time-limit specified in this paragraph; and the question on such motion shall be put forthwith.
 

      (9) A bill in respect of which a report has been made under paragraph (8) above shall be ordered to be read the third time on a future day.
 
      (10) When a motion shall have been made for the third reading of a bill to which paragraph (9) above applies, the question thereon shall be put forthwith and may be decided at any hour, though opposed.
 
Scottish Grand Committee (delegated legislation)     98. - (1) Where-

(a) a Member has given notice of a motion for a humble address to Her Majesty praying that a statutory instrument be annulled, or of a motion of a similar character relating to a statutory instrument or to any other instrument (whether or not in draft) which may be subject to proceedings in the House in pursuance of a statute, or of a motion that the House takes note of a statutory instrument, or

 
    (b) a Minister of the Crown has given notice of a motion to the effect that an instrument (whether or not in draft) upon which proceedings may be taken in pursuance of an Act of Parliament (other than a draft deregulation order) be approved,
  a motion may be made by a Minister of the Crown, "That the instrument be referred to the Scottish Grand Committee"; and the question on such motion shall be put forthwith and may be decided at any hour, though opposed.
 
      (2) The committee shall consider each instrument referred to it on a motion, "That the Committee has considered the instrument"; and the chairman shall put any question necessary to dispose of the proceedings on the motion, if not previously disposed of, not later than one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings thereon; and shall thereupon report the instrument to the House without any further question being put.
 
      (3) If any motion is made in the House of the kind specified in paragraph 1(a) or 1(b)of this order, in relation to any instrument in respect of which a report has been made to the House in accordance with paragraph (2) of this order, the Speaker shall put forthwith the question thereon; which may be decided at any hour, though opposed.
 
Scottish Grand Committee (substantive motions for the adjournment)     99. - (1) On each of the days specified in an order of the House under paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 100 (Scottish Grand Committee (sittings)) for the consideration of motions for the adjournment of the Scottish Grand Committee, such motions of which notice has been given in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3) below shall have precedence.
 
      (2) A member of the committee giving notice of a motion for the adjournment of the committee under this order shall-
 
 
    (a) also give notice of the subject to which he intends to call attention on the motion for the adjournment of the committee, and
 
    (b) give such notice of motion and of the subject in writing not later than ten sitting days before that on which the motion is to be made:

    Provided that the subject to which attention is called must relate to Scotland.

      (3) The days specified for the consideration of motions for the adjournment of the committee under this order shall be allocated as follows-
 
 
    (a) six at the disposal of the government;
 
    (b) four at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition;and, in respect of parties other than that of the Leader of the Opposition,
 
    (c) one at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party; and
 
    (d) one at the disposal of the leader of the next largest opposition party:

    Provided that a day specified in an order of the House under paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 100 (Scottish Grand Committee (sittings)) on which business is to be interrupted at or after half-past three o'clock shall, if no business other than that to which this order applies is set down for consideration on that day, be deemed to be two days for the purposes of this order.

      (4) For the purposes of this order, the "largest" and "next largest" opposition parties in Scotland shall be those parties, not being represented in Her Majesty's Government and of which the Leader of the Opposition is not a member, which have the largest and next largest number of Members who represent constituencies in Scotland, and of which not fewer than three Members were elected to the House as members of those parties.
 
 


 
 

 
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