Chapter 8 - Committee of the Whole
40 There shall be a Committee of the whole Assembly called Committee of the Whole.
Motion to resolve into Committee of the Whole
41 A motion for the Assembly to resolve into Committee of the Whole shall be put immediately without debate or amendment.
42(1) The Standing Orders of the Assembly shall be observed in Committee of the Whole so far as may be applicable, except the Standing Orders limiting the number of times of speaking and the length of speeches.
(2) Speeches in Committee of the Whole shall be strictly relevant to the item or clause under consideration.
(3) No member shall speak for more than twenty minutes at a time in Committee of the Whole.
(4) The Chair shall maintain order in Committee of the Whole, deciding all questions of order subject to an appeal to the Speaker. Disorder in Committee of the Whole can be censured only by the Assembly, on receiving a report thereon. No debate shall be permitted on any decision of the Chair.
(5) The formal proceedings of Committee of the Whole shall be entered in the Votes and Proceedings.
43(1) A motion that the Chair do now leave the Chair is always in order, shall take precedence over any other motion, and shall not be debatable.
(2) Such motion, if rejected, shall not be moved again until after some intermediate proceeding has taken place.
(3) Whenever the Chair reports on the proceedings of Committee of the Whole to the Assembly, a motion to concur in the Chair's report shall be put immediately and decided without debate or amendment.
Count in Committee of the Whole
44(1) Upon the request of two members, a count shall be called on any question.
(2) When a count is called for, either before the question is put or after the voices have been given, the Chair shall immediately ring the division bells.
(3) Once the bells have started ringing, no further debate shall be permitted.
(4) The Chair shall stop the bells, state the question and order the taking of the count after the bells have rung for five minutes.
(5) The Chair may stop the bells, state the question and order the taking of the count prior to the expiration of five minutes if:
(a) all members are present in the Chamber; or
(b) the House Leaders have indicated to the Chair that they would not object to proceeding with the count even though all members are not present in the Chamber.
Deferred count in Committee of the Whole
44.1(1) When, in Committee of the Whole, a count is called for under Standing Order 44 at any stage of an appropriation or taxation bill, a House Leader or designate may approach the Chair to request that the count be deferred.
(2) Upon receiving a request that the count be deferred the Chair shall inform the Committee that the count has been deferred.
(3) While an appropriation or taxation bill is being considered by the Committee, a count that has been deferred shall be taken immediately when the Assembly next resolves into Committee.
(4) When Committee of the Whole has completed consideration of an appropriation or taxation bill and a count or counts remain to be taken, the Assembly shall, when it proceeds to Orders of the Day on the next sitting day following, be resolved, without motion, into Committee and all counts remaining to be taken shall be taken.
(5) When a count is deferred pursuant to this Standing Order the Committee of the Whole shall continue with the business before it.