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Ten-Minute Rule Bills

Two Ten-Minute Rule Bills are presented in the Chamber each week: one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday, after Question Time and any urgent questions or oral statements. You apply in person at the Public Bill Office. The earliest you can apply for a Ten-Minute Rule Bill slot is the day after the fifth Wednesday of the session. A session starts with the Queen’s Speech. There are informal allocation arrangements for slots overseen by the whips.

If you get a slot, you make the case for the bill in the Chamber for ten minutes, and one other MP can have ten minutes to speak against it.

Ten-Minute Rule Bills are unlikely to become law, but are a way of drawing attention to an issue that requires a change in the law and speaking about it in the Chamber.

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Clerk of Private Members' Bills