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This page brings together all the step by step guides in the MPs’ Guide to Procedure. They will help you to navigate the procedural processes that you can participate in as Member of Parliament. Each guide indicates where your staff can complete some steps on your behalf.

How to add a name to an amendment
You can add your name to someone else’s amendment to show your support for it. You can also add ano...
How to add your name to an Early Day Motion
You or your staff can complete these steps, but your staff can only complete step 4 if they are regi...
How to amend an Early Day Motion
You or your staff can complete these steps, but your handwritten signature is needed for step 7. Ste...
How to amend Lords Amendments
These steps are for you as an MP, although your staff can help you with steps 1 and 2. Steps Go to ...
How to apply for a Backbench Business Committee debate
These steps are for you as an MP, although your staff can help with step 1. Steps Fill in an applic...
How to apply for a Presentation Bill
These steps are for you as an MP, although your staff can help with step 1. Steps Decide on a short...
How to apply for a Westminster Hall debate
You or your staff can complete these steps but if your staff perform step 3 your handwritten signatu...
How to apply for an adjournment debate
You or your staff can complete these steps, but if your staff perform step 3 your handwritten signat...
How to apply for an emergency debate
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than for your staff. Steps Send a brief letter or email to...
How to apply for an urgent question
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, although your staff can help you put the a...
How to apply for Ten-Minute Rule Bill
These steps are for you as an MP, although your staff can help with step 1. The earliest you can app...
How to ask a business question
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, because they take place in the Chamber. St...
How to cast a proxy vote on behalf of another Member in a pass reader division
These steps are for you as an MP rather than your staff. Steps Before a vote is called, you must ag...
How to change your proxy voting arrangement
These steps are for you as an MP rather than your staff. You can end the period for which you can vo...
How to enter the Private Members' Bill ballot
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff. You can sign the ballot book on behalf of...
How to find us
Find out where we are and how to get here by public transport. Address and map Palace of Westminster...
How to make a maiden speech
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, although your staff can help with steps 1 ...
How to move an amendment to a substantive motion in the Chamber
Before you complete these steps, you will need to submit your amendment. These steps are for you as ...
How to object to a negative statutory instrument
You or your staff can complete these steps, but if your staff complete step 3 your handwritten signa...
How to present a paper petition formally
These steps are to present a petition formally in the Chamber, which gives you a chance to speak bri...
How to present a paper petition informally
These steps are to present a petition informally. You can also present a petition formally in the C...
How to present a Presentation Bill in the Chamber
These steps are for you as an MP rather than your staff. You must present the bill yourself. Anothe...
How to present a Ten-Minute Rule Bill in the Chamber
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff. You have to present the bill yourself. Oth...
How to register for the proxy voting scheme
These steps are for you as an MP rather than your staff. Steps Agree with any Member who is eligibl...
How to register your staff with the Public Bill Office
You can register your staff with the Public Bill Office (known as ‘introducing’ them), which allows ...
How to speak against a Ten-Minute Rule Bill in the Chamber
These steps are for you as an MP, because they take place in the Chamber, although you staff can hel...
How to speak in a debate
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, although your staff can help with step 1. ...
How to speak in an estimates day debate
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, although your staff can help you with step...
How to speak in the Budget debate
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, although your staff can help you with step...
How to submit a Prime Minister’s question on paper
These steps are for submitting a Prime Minister’s question on paper. You can also submit a Prime Min...
How to submit a Prime Minister's question online
These steps are for submitting a Prime Minister’s question online. If you prefer to use a hard copy,...
How to submit a reasoned amendment for a second or third reading debate
These steps are for you as an MP although your staff can help you with steps 1 and 2. Steps Identif...
How to submit a written question on paper
These steps are for submitting a written question on paper. You can also submit a written question o...
How to submit a written question online
These steps are for submitting a written question online. You can submit a maximum of 20 written que...
How to submit an amendment
You or your staff can complete these steps, but your staff will need to be registered with the Publi...
How to submit an amendment to a substantive motion
These steps are for you as an MP, although your staff can help you with steps 1 and 2. Steps Find t...
How to submit an amendment to the motion in a European committee
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, although your staff can help you with step...
How to submit an Early Day Motion on paper
These steps are for submitting an EDM on paper. You can also submit an EDM online. You or your staff...
How to submit an Early Day Motion online
These steps are for submitting an EDM online. If you prefer to use a hard copy, please read how to s...
How to submit an oral question on paper
These steps are for submitting an oral question on paper. You can also submit an oral question onli...
How to submit an oral question online
These steps are for submitting an oral question online. Any oral questions you submit do not count t...
How to swear in
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff. Steps If you’re unsure when you should sw...
How to take part in a petition debate
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff. Steps If you wish to take part in a petit...
How to take part in a select committee statement
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, because they take place in the Chamber. St...
How to take part in an oral statement
These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, because they take place in the Chamber. St...