"To table" refers to when MPs or Members of the Lords hand in questions, amendments to Bills, notices of motions or when a document is formally placed before either House. They are said to be tabled even though they do not actually have to place the document on the table of either House. The Table of the House is the table in each of the Chambers of the House of Commons and House of Lords which lies between the Government and Opposition Front Benches. It is the place where the Clerks sit to look after the administration of the House. In the House of Commons it is also where the Mace is kept when the House is sitting.

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