Ruling of the Chair
Standing Orders regulate the proceedings of the House but do not form a complete code of day to day procedure. They must be read in the context of how they have been applied or developed by the Chair over the years. The primary source for this is what are termed "Rulings of the Chair" - decisions by the Chair on matters not specifically covered by Standing Orders or which apply the Standing Orders in specific circumstances. These decisions have been made over a considerable period and by quite a number of different Chairpersons The Chair is not necessarily bound by previous Rulings but, in a given situation, a Ruling is likely to be adhered to in the interests of consistency.
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