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Some Traditions and Customs of the House

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Factsheet G7 General Series Revised August 2010
Contents Description of Members in the Chamber 2  How Members are ca l ed to speak 3  Prayers 3  Where Members sit and speak; the form and style of debate 4  Unparliamentary language 6  Naming of a Member 6  Sitting in Private 6  Points of Order 7  Activities which are out of order during debate 7  Who goes home? 7  Greeting to the Chair 7  Relations with other Members 9  Dress 9  Snuff 11  Dogs 12  Endorsements on Bi l s  the use of Norman French 12  Modernisation of the House Select Committee 14  Contact information 15  Feedback form 16   
August 2010 FS No.G7 Ed 3.4 ISSN 0144-4689  © Parliamentary Copyright (House of Commons) 2010 May be reproduced for purposes of private study or research without permission.  Reproduction for sale or other commercial purposes not
House of Commons Information Office Some Traditions and Customs of the House
There are a number of traditions and customs employed in the House that the House of Commons Information Office is frequently asked to explain. Some of these are ceremonies or aspects of official dress; these are described in Sir Peter Thorne's Ceremonial and the Mace in the House of Commons (HMSO, 1980).  This Factsheet concentrates on certain practices and traditions that are not primarily ceremonial in nature. Many of these are unrelated to each other but it is hoped users of the series will find it valuable to have descriptions of them readily accessible.  This Factsheet is available on the Internet through: http://www.parliament.uk/factsheets