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Speaking twice

In general, you may speak only once in a debate on the same question, although you can seek to intervene on other MPs as many times as you want.

The circumstances in which you can speak twice include:

  • If you’ve been given the “leave of the House”, you can speak twice. When a minister or another MP asks for the leave of the House to speak a second time, a single MP can object and prevent this.
  • If you’ve moved the motion in a debate in the Chamber, and there is time at the end of the debate, the Speaker will call you to reply. This doesn’t apply to adjournment debates.
  • If you’ve moved the motion in a 60 or 90-minute Westminster Hall debate, and there is time at the end, the Chair will call you to reply.
  • When you’re taking part in a debate in a Committee of the whole House, a public bill committee, delegated legislation committee, or European committee you can speak more than once on the same question.
  • At the report stage of a bill that has been to a public bill committee, you can speak more than once on the same question if you’re the MP in charge of the bill, or if you’re moving an amendment, new clause or new schedule. At the report stage of a bill that has been wholly committed to a Committee of the whole House, you may be prompted to seek the leave of the House before making a second speech in these circumstances.

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