Ten Minute Rule Bill

In the House of Commons, Bills introduced under the ten-minute rule are one of the ways in which backbench MPs (private Members) can introduce legislation. However, the process is used more as a means of making a point on the need to change the law on a particular subject as there is little parliamentary time available. They mainly provide the opportunity for MPs to test Parliament's opinion on a particular subject.

The ten minute rule allows a brief introductory speech of no more than ten minutes and one of the same length opposing the motion to be made in the House of Commons after question time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the House is likely to be full. Not all Ten Minute Rule Bills are printed.

Further information on this subject can be found from the following links.

About Parliament: Private Members' Bills

Commons Library briefing paper: Successful Private Members' Bills since 1983-84

Related glossary term: Presentation Bills

Related glossary term: Ballot Bills

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