Sessional Returns 2007-08 Contents


Information and statistics relating to Questions; Notices of Motions for an Early Day; the exercise of disciplinary powers by the Chair and by order of the House; and Public Petitions.

A  Questions

Number of Questions which appeared on the Order Paper:           
  for written answer on a named day 12,351
  for ordinary written answer 61,006
Total for written answer73,357
  for oral answer5,151
  number reached for answer in the House 2,645
Total number of Questions78,508
Number of Urgent Questions4
Number of days upon which replies to Questions for oral answer were given in the House 149
Number of days upon which replies to Questions for oral answer were given in Westminster Hall 5
Number of Questions reached for oral answer in Westminster Hall 45

B  Notices of Motions for an Early Day

Total number of Notices of Motions given for an Early Day 2,560
  including the number which were Prayers for the annulment of Statutory   Instruments 28

C  Disciplinary Powers of the Chair

Members ordered to withdraw

Number of Members ordered to withdraw from the House under Standing Order No. 43 (Disorderly conduct)           
  in the House1
  in Committee of the whole House 0

Members suspended from the service of the House

Number of Members          
  suspended from the service of the House by order made under Standing Order No.
  44 (Order in debate)
  by orders made otherwise1

D  Public Petitions
Total number of Petitions221
Number of Petitions presented at the times specified by Standing Order No. 154 (Time and manner of presenting petitions) 195
Number of Petitions on which observations were published pursuant to Standing Order No.
156 (Printing of petitions and of ministerial replies)

1   21 of these were replies to Petitions presented in earlier Sessions of Parliament Back

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