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<ul><li><p>Standing rules and orders of the Legislative Council of British Honduras.Author(s): British Honduras. and Legislative Council.Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Collection, (1897)Published by: The University of Manchester, The John Rylands University LibraryStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/60232489 .Accessed: 17/06/2014 01:01</p><p>Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms &amp; Conditions of Use, available at .http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p><p> .JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org.</p><p> .</p><p>Digitization of this work funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme.</p><p>The University of Manchester, The John Rylands University Library and are collaborating with JSTOR todigitize, preserve and extend access to Foreign and Commonwealth Office Collection.</p><p>http://www.jstor.org </p><p>This content downloaded from 185.44.77.55 on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:01:05 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=manchesterhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/60232489?origin=JSTOR-pdfhttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsphttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>f' </p><p>f </p><p>3a </p><p>39- </p><p>STANDING RULES AND ORDERS </p><p>,-*/* </p><p>^ </p><p>OF THE </p><p>LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL </p><p>OF </p><p>BRITISH HONDURAS. </p><p>JiMie by the Legislative Council under Section 12 of Chapter 11 of </p><p>fc " The Consolidated Laws" on the 27th day of July, 1897. </p><p>LONDON: </p><p>WATERLOW AND SONS LIMITED, PRINTERS, LONDON WALL. 1897. </p><p>f$5^0, h^^o </p><p>/*~0ur**fi,. </p><p>This content downloaded from 185.44.77.55 on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:01:05 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>&gt; </p><p>V </p><p>This content downloaded from 185.44.77.55 on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:01:05 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>STANDING RULES AND ORDERS </p><p>OF THE </p><p>LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL </p><p>OF </p><p>BRITISH HONDURAS. </p><p>Made by the Legislative Council under Section 12 of Chapter 11 of " The Consolidated Laws " on the 27th day of July, 1897. </p><p>&gt;} </p><p>LONDON </p><p>WATERLOW AND SONS LIMITED, PRINTERS, LONDON WALL. </p><p>1897. </p><p>This content downloaded from 185.44.77.55 on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:01:05 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>t </p><p>This content downloaded from 185.44.77.55 on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:01:05 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>STANDING RULES AND ORDERS </p><p>OF THE </p><p>LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL </p><p>OF </p><p>BRITISH HONDURAS. </p><p>Made by the Legislative Council under Section 12 of Chapter 11 of "The Consolidated Laws" on the 27th day of Jidy, 1897. </p><p>Enforcement of Orders. </p><p>Suspension of Orders. </p><p>f </p><p>i </p><p>The following shall be the Standing Rules and Orders of the Legisla tive Council, and it shall be the duty of the President on his authority to enforce these Standing Rules and Orders : Provided that by a Resolution of the majority of Members present, and with the consent of the President, but not otherwise, the said Standing Orders may be suspended in whole or in part to facilitate public business. </p><p>GENERAL BUSINESS. </p><p>1. The Governor may convene a meeting of the Council at any time ; Governor and he may adjourn the same at any time, by announcing such adjourn- cou^ca"11011 ment himself in the Council, or by written message. </p><p>2. The Governor may summon a Council, although the Council may be standing adjourned, by sending a written summons to the address of each member. </p><p>3. Every Member shall have a seat and desk reserved for him. The Members' seats shall be arranged to the right hand and the left hand of the Chair </p><p>Seats- </p><p>alternately, according to the precedence of Members. </p><p>4. The Business of the Council shall be transacted in the following order of Order Business. </p><p>1st. Reading and confirmation of minutes. 2nd. Announcements by the Clerk. 3rd. Notices. 4th. Petitions. 5th. Questions. 6th. Motions for leave to introduce Bills, and for third reading </p><p>of Bills of which no notice of opposition has been given. 7th. The business of which notice has been given according to </p><p>priority of notice of such business. </p><p>5. Notices of motion arising out of the business of the day may be Notices of given immediately after that business is disposed of, and before any fresh tiarising matter has been entered upon. business. </p><p>6. The order of business to be brought forward at each meeting shall Daily order be prepared by the Clerk of the Council, a printed copy whereof shall be </p><p>of busmess- </p><p>[190455] 1 </p><p>This content downloaded from 185.44.77.55 on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:01:05 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>President may adjourn. </p><p>Business undisposed of to be resumed. </p><p>Strangers. </p><p>Reporters. </p><p>Exclusion of strangers. </p><p>delivered to each Member ; and such order shall contain a list of all </p><p>business, notice of which shall have been given for any future day. </p><p>7. The President shall have power to adjourn the business before the Council whenever he may think fit, even though a Member speaking may not have finished his speech at the time. </p><p>8. When the Council is adjourned before the business set down in the order of business for the day is disposed of, the remaining business shall not drop, but shall be resumed before all other business at the next </p><p>meeting. </p><p>9. Strangers may be admitted to the bar of the Council Room during a meeting of the Council, but on condition that they preserve absolute silence. Reporters for the Press may be provided with accommodation within the bar, but otherwise shall be subject to all orders applying to </p><p>strangers. </p><p>10. The President may at any time order strangers to withdraw, and the doors of the Council to be closed; and on the request of any Member the President may order all strangers, or any particular stranger, to withdraw. </p><p>NOTICES. </p><p>One day's H- At least one day's notice shall be given of all motions, except notice in formal motions and amendments. All such notices shall be in writing requSfd. and shall be delivered to the Clerk. </p><p>Notices 12. A notice of motion given for any day shall, if the Council shall standing over. noj. sjf- on ^^ (jay, hold good for the next meeting of the Council. </p><p>PETITIONS. </p><p>By whom presented. </p><p>How to be worded. </p><p>Keport, if wording doubtful. </p><p>When to be received. </p><p>Petitions, how to be dealt with. </p><p>13. Petitions addressed to the Council may be sent to the Clerk of the Council, or they may be presented by any Member of the Council. </p><p>14. Any petition which is not properly and respectfully worded, or which does not relate to matters of legislation shall not be received. </p><p>15. It shall be the duty of the Clerk of the Council, or of the Member </p><p>presenting a petition, to inform the Council if there be any doubt as to a petition coming under this prohibition. </p><p>16. Petitions not coming within the above prohibitions shall be received without question. </p><p>17. Petitions relating to any Bill before a Select Committee shall on receipt be referred by the Clerk to the Select Committee, by whom they will be presented to the Council with their report. Other petitions after being received, if it be so resolved, may be read or may be printed, or may be referred to a Select Committee for consideration and report. </p><p>What ques tions may be put, and to whom. </p><p>How to be put. </p><p>QUESTIONS. </p><p>IB. A question may be put by any Member to any Official Member concerning any measure pending in Council, or any matter of public interest, and to particular Members who have charge of a Bill or who have given notice of motion, or are otherwise concerned in some business before the Council. </p><p>19. Questions shall be put in such a manner as not to involve opinion, argument or inference ; and facts shall not be stated unless necessary to make the question intelligible. </p><p>This content downloaded from 185.44.77.55 on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:01:05 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>3 </p><p>20. An answer shall be confined to the points contained in the Limitof </p><p>question, with such explanation only as will render the answer </p><p>intelligible. </p><p>21. It shall be allowable to any Member to give his answer in writing; Answer * </p><p>and if so given it shall be entered on the minutes. ^ mg' </p><p>22. If a question is asked without notice it shall be competent to the Notice. Member questioned to require that notice shall be given. </p><p>23. All questions and notices of question shall be put in writing and To be in </p><p>handed to the Clerk. wn mg' </p><p>VOTING. </p><p>24. When the President puts a question to the Council the vote may v?tea&gt;how be taken by voices, Ayes and Noes, in which case he should declare how he thinks it is carried. </p><p>25. The vote may be taken by a^division after having been taken by Division, voices ; and it shall always be taken by a division whenever any Member </p><p>when' </p><p>desires that it be so taken, after it has been taken by voices. </p><p>26. When the vote is taken by a division the division shall decide the Decision of </p><p>question ; otherwise the President's declaration shall decide it. question. </p><p>27. When the vote is taken by a division the Ayes shall first stand How Votes </p><p>up when the Clerk shall record their names ; then the Noes shall stand 0n aedivision. </p><p>up when the Clerk shall record their names, the Clerk shall then read the names in each list respectively, and the President shall declare the result. </p><p>28. When an amendment to a question shall have been submitted, and when more amendments than one shall have been submitted, the President at the close of the debate shall put the question for the decision of the Council in this wise : " That the words of the question stand as in the original motion </p><p>" which, if it be decided in the affirmative, will throw </p><p>out all amendments ; and he shall then put the original motion to be affirmed or negatived. </p><p>If the first question which would preclude all amendments be negatived, then, in case only one amendment shall have been proposed and seconded, he shall put the question as it was proposed to be amended; but in case more amendments than one shall have been proposed and seconded, he shall put the question of amendment seriatim, and in the order of their </p><p>having been proposed; and when any one amendment is affirmed all other amendments shall be thereby negatived, and the President shall then put the motion, as so amended, to be affirmed or negatived. </p><p>How question to be put in cases of amendments being moved. </p><p>SELECT COMMITTEES. </p><p>29. On the appointment of a Select Committee on a Bill the Member Select com- </p><p>who introduced such Bill, and in other cases the Member who moved for mposed,w such Committee, shall be the Chairman thereof; and such Members as nominated </p><p>may be appointed by the President shall compose such Committee. an appom </p><p>30. The Chairman of any Select Committee shall have in such Vote of </p><p>Committee an original vote, and also a casting vote if the votes shall be irman' </p><p>equally divided. </p><p>31. Select Committees, except Committees on Bills, shall not be Continuance </p><p>dissolved until the presentation to the Council of their Report upon the an /stiect matter committed to them. Committees. </p><p>[190455] </p><p>" 2 </p><p>This content downloaded from 185.44.77.55 on Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:01:05 AMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>Commence ment and conclusion of business of Committee. </p><p>COMMITTEES OF THE WHOLE COUNCIL. </p><p>32. When the Council resolves itself into a Committee of the whole Council the President shall leave the Chair and take his seat at the Table. When the business of the Committee is concluded, or when it is resolved in Committee that the business of the Committee shall be adjourned to another day, the President shall return to his Chair and the Council shall resume. </p><p>committee on 33. In Committee of the whole Council on the Estimates, after a Estimates. </p><p>question has been proposed from the Chair for omitting or reading any item, no motion shall be made or debate allowed upon any preceding item unless by permission of the President. </p><p>Minutes of 34. The proceedings in Committee of the whole Council shall be Committee, recorded in the Minute Book of the Council as part of the day's proceed ings ; and it shall not be necessary to report to the Council what has been done in Committee of the whole Council. </p><p>Standing Financial Committee. </p><p>STANDING FINANCIAL COMMITTEE. </p><p>constitution 35. In order to facilitate the preparation and passing of the Annual </p><p>standi^618 f </p><p>Appropriation and of the Supplementary Supply Bills, if any, the Governor may from time to time appoint a Standing Financial Committee, to be composed of all the Official and Unofficial Members of the Council, with the Colonial Secretary in the Chair, for the consideration and discussion of all matters submitted to it by the Governor in connection with such Bills, and especially in connection with any proposal for expenditure not ordinarily provided for. </p><p>The Governor may determine such Standing Committee whenever he may deem fit, and until such time such Committee shall continue to be duly constituted notwithstanding that the Council as a whole may have been adjourned. </p><p>sittings to be 36. All sittings of the Standing Financial Committee shall be held in </p><p>pubUcthe ^e Council Chamber, and shall be open to the public, subject to the conditions mentioned in Standing Orders 9 and 10. </p><p>Conduct of Members speaking. </p><p>Finality of result of questions. </p><p>Formal seconding of motion. </p><p>Speech to be to some motion. </p><p>Statement of terms of motion. Decision as to its competency. </p><p>RULES OF DEBATE. </p><p>37. A Member when making any motion or speaking shall stand in his place and shall address the Chair, and no interruption of his speech shall be permitted except on a point of order suddenly arising. </p><p>38. When a question for debate has been proposed, debated and disposed of, it shall not be competent for any Member again to propose such question within six months without the consent of the President. </p><p>39. Any Member may second a motion or amendment by rising in his place and bowing to the Chair, without prejudice to his right to speak at a later jDeriod of the debate. </p><p>40. No speech shall be permitted save to a distinct and competent motion, either already submitted to the Council as a question for deliberation, or to be so submitted by the Member speaking. </p><p>41. When a Member speaks to a motion to be submitted, the Presi dent may require the speaker at any time to state the terms of his motion, so as to decide its competency. If the motion be ruled to be incompetent the speaker shall not be further heard in regar...</p></li></ul>