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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Find guidance on temporary procedures during the pandemic including voting, questions and statements. Members can find detailed guidance on participating virtually and voting on the Parliamentary intranet (please note: this link will only work if you have a parliamentary email account.)

Speaker's statements

The Speaker may make a statement on any matter. Typical topics include:

  • practical arrangements, such as for select committee Chair elections
  • arrangements for ceremonial occasions
  • retirement of long-standing or senior officials
  • other matters that the Speaker feels are best communicated in person during a sitting

Speaker’s statements can be made at any time, but typically occur either at the beginning of the sitting, or after Question Time. The annunciators (the monitors around the parliamentary estate) will show that a Speaker’s statement is taking place.

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