i published by plithority.
VOL. 96.] SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 1963. [No. 18.
BUDGET SESSION, 22ND APRIL, 1963.
It is hereby notified for general information that the Budget Session of
the Legislative Council, in respect of the 1963 Estimates, will commence at the
Council Chamber, Kingstown, on Monday, 22nd April, 1963 at 10.00 a.m.
The Order Paper for this meeting is published with this issue of the
16th April, 1963.
It is hereby notified for general information that the Budget Session of
the Legislative Council, in respect of the 1963 Estimates, will commence at the
Council Chamber, Kingstown, on Monday, 22nd April, 1963 at 10.00 a.m.
It will be appreciated that there is limited seating and standing accom-
modation in the Council Chamber, and the Public is requested to take notice
of the following arrangements and to co-operate as fully as possible:-
(1) Special Invitees
Special invitations will be issued, as usual, to leading persons in the
community, and seating accommodation will be reserved for these
invitees. Tickets will be issued to them which must be presented to
the Constable stationed at the Eastern door, i.e. the door leading up
the stairs to the old Crown Attorney's Office. All special invitees, as
well as Members of Executive and Legislative Councils will be ad-
mitted by this door.
88 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 1963.-(No. 18.)
(2) Seating accommodation
There will remain, after accommodation is reserved ,for special
invitees, seats for not more than one hundred (100) other persons.
These seats will not be reserved, but will be allocated to the first
hundred (100) persons entering the Council Chamber by the Western
Door, i.e. the door leading up the stairs to the Magistrate's Office. A
constable will also be stationed at this door to ensure that entry is
made in an orderly manner.
(3) Standing accommodation
There will be standing accommodation for not more than forty (40)
persons in the Chamber. These persons will also be allowed access
to the Chamber by the Constable stationed at the Western Door,
after all seating accommodation is exhausted.
A limited number of persons will be allowed to stand in the Lobby
after the Chamber is filled. A Constable will be stationed at the head
of the stairs, outside the Magistrate's Office, to direct persons into the
Chamber and in the Lobby.
Four (4) seats will be reserved for the Press, one of which will be for
the representatives of the Vincentian newspaper. The three (3)
remaining seats will be allocated to th2 three correspondents, who, on
presentation of their credentials to the Clerk, Legislative Council at
Government Office, before the 22nd April, would obtain the tickets
held by him. No other correspondents will be allowed in the Press
(6) Public address system
A Public address system will be installed to enable those persons in
the Court Yard, who did not gain entry into the Chamber and Lobby,
to hear the proceedings.
O. S. BARROW,
Clerk of Legislative Council.
16th April, 1963.
ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE,
WINDWARD ISLANTS AND
It is announced that following the
relinquishment by Sir CYRIL HENRIQUES
of the post of Chief Justice of the
Windward Islands and the Leeward
Islands, the Secretary of State has
been pleased to appoint Mr. Justice
ST.BERNARD to act as Chief Justice
from the date of Sir CYRIL HENRIQUES
departure, pending the arrival of Mr.
Justice FIELD to act as Chief Justice on
secondment from Barbados on or
about May 1st.
16th April, 1963.
Mr. F. O. MASON, Senior Staff Offi-
cer, Prison Department, has been
granted 108 days vacation leave with
effect from 15th April, 1963.
16th April, 1963.
Mr. GODWIN FORBES, Class II Clerk,
Agricultural Department, has been
granted 72 days vacation leave with
effect from 16th April, 1963.
16th April, 1963.
With reference to Gazette Notice
No. 69 of 5th March, 1963, Mr. CALVERT
RUSSELL, Class II Clerk, Audit Depart-
ment, resumed duty on 6th April, 1963.
16th April, 1963.
The following Document is published
with this issue of the Gazette:-
S.R. & O. No. 13.-The Legislative
Council Standing Orders, 1963.
S16th April, 1963.
SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 1963.-(No. 18.) 8[
SUPPLEMENTS TO GAZETTE.
The Statements of Assets and Lia-
bilities of the Colony of St. Vincent as
at 30th September and 31st October,
1963 are published with this issue of
16th April, 1963.
TENDERS FOR PURCHASE OF
Tenders are invited and will be
received until 3.00 p.m. on Thursday
18th April, 1963 for the purchase of
one (1) Aerocem Compressor and tank
which may be inspected on application
at the Public Works Department, Arnos
Tenders should be addressed to the
Chairman, Tenders Board Committee,
Ministry of Finance, and distinctly
marked "Tenders for Purchase of
9th April, 1963.
E. A. BRATHWAITE,
16th April, 1963.
The attention of licensed liquor
dealers is particularly drawn to the
provisions of Sections 47-51 of Ordin-
ance No. 11 of 1948, which deal with
the matters of Dealers Stock Books,
Permits and Strength of Spirit.
It has been made quite evident that
in spite of repeated verbal requests and
threats by Excise Officers, that dealers
do not intend to obey these laws.
This is intended to be a final warning
to all dealers that prompt prosecution
will now be made in every case of in-
J. H. D. COX,
Collector of Customs & Excise.
H.M. Customs & Excise.
23rd March, 1963.
NOTICES TO IMPORTERS.
The attention of importers is drawn
to the procedures prescribed by law to
clear their goods from Customs when
not in possession of all relevant docu-
(i) Importers may, on making and
subscribing a declaration to that effect
before the proper officer, make an entry
by bill of sight for the packages con-
taining such goods in the statutory
form. See sees. 41-45 of the Laws of
(ii) DELIVERY OF GOODS WITHOUT
CERTIFICATE OF ENTRY. When goods
entitled to be admitted under the Impe-
rial Preferential rate reach the Colony
before the arrival of the Certificates of
Origin relating to the same, the Collec-
tor of Customs may authorise the de-
livery of such goods at the preferential
rate of duty on the security of a depo-
sit equal in amount to the difference in
duty between the preferential and gen-
eral rates. Deposits made under the
provisions of this regulation shall be
carried to account under the appropri-
ate head of revenue at the end of seven
:days after the expiration of the time
allowed for the production of the Cer-
,tificates of Origin. Sec. 7 of S.R. & O.
136 of 1954 refers.
It is hoped that importers will in the
future adhere to these rules in order to
avoid unnecessary requests and corres-
JAMES H. D. COX,
Collector of Customs and Excise.
13th April, 1963.
CUSTOMS ENTRY WARRANTS
With reference to the Notice on the
above matter published in the St. Vin-
cent Government Gazette of the 25th
February, 1963 et seq:, importers are
advised that the requirement for de-
posit of entries does not include those
for perishable goods, baggage room en-
tries and vary reasonably small entries.
Those presenting such entries will take
their turn in the queue and await the
return of their warrant, if they so de-
JAMES H. D. COX,
Collector of Customs and Excise.
13th April, 1963.
90 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 1963.-(No. 18.)
By Authority of the Registration of
United Kingdom Patents Ordin-
ance (Chapter 156 of the revised
laws of Saint Vincent, 1926.)
Gazetted 16th April, 1963.
NOTICE is hereby given that an
application was on the 4th day of
March, 1963, made by CIBA Limited, a
body corporate organised according to
the laws of Switzerland, of Basle, Swit-
zerland, for a patent entitled A NEW
Any person may at any time within
two months from the date of publica-
tion of this notice in the Gazette, give
notice to the Registrar of opposition to
the issue of a certificate of registration
upon any of the grounds prescribed by
section 27 of the Patents Ordinance
(Chapter 155) for opposition to the
grant of Letters Patent.
H. M. SQUIRES,
Registrar of Patents.
11th April, 1963.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
SALE OF MANGO PLANTS-
It is notified for general information
that supplies of grafted mango plants
(Julie, Ceylon, Imperial and Hayden)
are now available at the Botanic Gar-
dens at $1.00 per plant.
H. S. McCONNIE,
Superintendent of Agriculture.
26th March, 1963.
The Public is hereby reminded that
in accordance with the Birds and Fish
Protection Ordinance Cap. 44 as
amended by Ordinance No. 18 of 1954,
it is prohibited to kill or take:-
(a) Turtles or turtle eggs on land;
(b) Turtles under 20 lbs. in weight;
(c) Turtles between 1st May and
(a) Lobsters carrying eggs;
(b) Lobsters of less than 1 lb. in
(c) Lobsters of less than 9 inches
(d) Lobsters between 1st May and
HUGH S. McCONNIE,
Superintendent of Agriculture.
16th April, 1963.
IN THE FIRST DISTRICT
SUIT No. 6/63
It is notified for general information
that the undermentioned article, pro-
perty of the abovenamed defendant.
and levied upon by virtue of a Writ of
Seizure and Sale issued in the above
suit, will be put up for sale by Public
Auction at the Court House, Kings-
town, on Saturday 27th April 1963, at
1.30 in the afternoon.
That is to say:-
One (1) House
Dated this 4th day of April 1963.
L. G. E. K. LEWIS,
SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 1963.-(No. 18.) 91
CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE NOTICES.
It is hereby notified that the undermentioned articles which have been in the Customs Sufferance
Warehouse and Baggage Room for over one (1) year, and are not worth their duty, shall be forfeited
under Section 28 Cap. 183 of the Laws of St. Vincent.
JAMES H. D. COX,
Collector of Customs & Excise
25th March, 1963.
Date No. &
Ware- Conveyance Consignee Marks Nos. Description Declared
housed of Pkgs. Contents
26. 5.61. Plane J. H. Hazell Chief Engineer 191446 1 Pkg. Indicator
Tyne Field Cards
5. 8.61. J. H. Hazell Sons 272460 1 Pkg. Stationery
6. 1.62. S.V.N. Shipping Co. 301370 1 Pkg. Adv. Matter
10. 2.62. Rufus Williams 297165 1 Pkg. Personal
B.W.I.A. 2069524 1 Pkg. Schedules
30. 1.62. Jerry Palmer 309511 1 Pkg. Calendars
21. 3.62. Jerry Palmer 308821 1 Pkg. Bank
CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE SECTION I.
Name of Ship Consignee Ware- Marks Nos. Quantity & Contents
Carib Clipper Geo. A. Forde 1. 4. 61. B.B. N/N 3 Cartons M.T. Pine
Belqueen W. J. Abbott & Sons 5. 1.62. Royal 1 Case Almanacs
Vamos Corea & Co. Ltd. 20. 1.62 O.D.Brisbane 13495 1 Package Displays
E. A. B. 1 Case Almanacs
92 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 1963.-(No. 18.)
CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE NOTICES.-(Contd.)
By Authority of Section 27 Cap. 183 of the Customs Ordinance, the undermentioned goods which
have been in the Customs Warehouse for over one (1) year as at 31st March, 1963 will be sold by
Public Auction on Wednesday 8th May at 1.30 p.m. unless duly cleared or re-warehoused.
JAMES H. D. COX,
Collector of Customs & Excise.
25th March, 1963.
CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE SECTION I
Date No. and
Ship's Name Ware- Consignee Marks Numbers Description Contents
housed of Package
Henry Clarke 17. 6.61. ORDER
Federal Maple 4.11. 61. Corea & Co. Ltd.
20.11.61. Geo. A. Forde
C.F. & S.
3. 1. 62. Corea & Co. Ltd. S.G. & Co.
9.12.61. John H. Hazell
5. 1. 62. W. J. Abbott & Sons /R/
13. 1.62. John H. Hazell H.S.
6. 2. 62. Corea & Co. Ltd. G.A.V.
10. 2. 62. Corea & Co. Ltd.
26. 2. 62. Corea & Co. Ltd. C.P.I.L.
26. 2. 62. John H. Hazel)
17. 2. 62. Geo. A. Forde
9. 3. 62. Corea & Co. Ltd.
12. 3. 62. John H. Hazell
19. 3. 62. Hadley Bros. & Co.
1 Case Rayon and
1 Loose Tyre
1 Case Exeter Beef
1 Carton Plate Sausage
2 Loose vehicle
1 Ctn. Canned Goods
1/30 30 Ctns. Elec. Lamp
2 Bales M. T Bags
1 Bale Bags
1 Bdl. Bed Rails
3 Cases Cotton and
1 Ctn. "Key" Soap
1 Ctn. Med. Soap
Standard Grocery N/N
H.B.S. & Co.
27. 3. 62. Corea & Co. Ltd. E.D.S.
13. 2. 62. Corea & Co. Ltd.
1 Case Bicycle Parts
2 Cases Bicycles
1 Case Absolute
1 Ctn. Toilet Paper
1 Ctn. Merchandise
20. 1. 62. Corea & Co. Ltd. Arrowroot
6. 2. 62. Corea & Co. Ltd.
9.12. 61. John H. Hazell & Co. J.H.H.
N/N 1 Drum Lab Specimen
#115 1 Case Rayon Goods
5 Boxes Kippers &
SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 1963.-(No. 18.) 93
CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE NOTICES.--(Contd.)
Date No. and
Ship's Name Ware- Consignee Marks Numbers Description Contents
housed of Package
E. M. Tannis
14. 7.61. ORDER
Orange Hill Estate
John H. Hazell D.A.S.
W. J. Abbott R.B.
George A. Veira G.A.V.S.
St. Vincent Jaycees J.A.C.E.E.S.
George Veira G.A.V.S
George Veira G.A.V.S
B.E. St. Lucia
George A. Veira Veira
Carib Clipper 20. 3. 62. George A. Veira
23. 3.62. ORDER
2 Ctns. Pharmacy
1 Pee. Machinery
1 C/S Machinery
25 Ctns. Matches
(15057) 8 Ctns Tinned meat
(1-16) 16 Ctns.
#25 1 c/s
1 Ctn. Cotton Fents
1 Pkg. Chairs
50 Ctns Stout
12 Coils Rope
Nos. Description Declared
of Package Contents
13. 11. 61. Plane
J. H. Hazell
St. V. Shipping Co. 289871 1 Pkg.
LIAT Agents S V N 218532 1 Pkg.
TRS & S
TRS & S HB
G. W. Frank & Sons
Fred E. Warncr
295616 1 Pkg.
295616 1 Pkg. Tools
290999 1 Pkg. Corrugated
30406 1 Pkg. Dolls
303949 1 Pkg. Shirts
783189 2 Pkgs. Pharmaceuti-
562418 1 Pkg. Samples
94 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 1963.-(No. 18.)
CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE NOTICES.-(Contd.)
LIST OF ARTICLES IN SECTION ONE OF THE CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE
FOR OVER ONE (1) YEAR AS AT 31ST MARCH, 1963.
Nos. Quantity Contents
C & Co.
Corea & Co.
Dominica Dispensary Co.
G. W. F. & S.
P. H. Veira
C. K. G.
C & Co.
Corea & Co.
C & Co.
P. B. C.
O. H. M. S.
E. D. L.
C & Co.
C & Co.
C. I. Pots
C. I. Coal Pots
1 Gal. Bots. Clorax
#8 1 Carton Car Radio
H. H. Baking Tins
Iron Bed Rails
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT.
[ Price 30 cents. ]
D. J. Dick
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STANDING ORDERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE CO
OF SAINT VINCENT //
STATUTORY RULES AND ORDER JUL 31 9(
1963, No. 13.
(Gazetted 16th April, 1963.)
The Standing Orders of the Legislative Council of Saint Vincent, made by
the Legislative Council, under the provision of Section 34 of the Saint Vincent
(Constitution) Order in Council, 1959.
1. These Standing Orders may be cited as the Legislative Council Stand-
ing Orders, 1963.
2. In these Orders unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) "The Chairman" means the Chairman of a Committee of the
whole Council, or of a Select Committee, or of a Standing Com.
mittee as the context indicates.
(b) "The Council" means the Legislative Council and references to
"the Council" include references to a "Committee'of the whole
(c) "Meeting" means any sitting or sittings of the Council comment.
ing when the Council first meets after being summoned at any
time and terminating when the Council is adjourned or at the
conclusion of a session.
(d) "Private Member's motion" means a motion not moved by a
Member of the Executive Council with the authority of the
(e) "Session" means the meetings of the Council commencing when
the Council first meets after its prorogation or dissolution at
any time, and terminating when the Council is next prorogued
or is dissolved without having been prorogued.
(f) "Sitting" means a period during which the Council is sitting
continuously without adjournment, and includes any period
during which the Council is in Committee.
(g) "The Speaker" means the Speaker of the Council and includes
the Deputy Speaker or any Member elected by the Council to
preside at a sitting of the Council, and any such person when
acting as Chairman of a Committee of the whole Council.
(h) "Stranger" means any person who is not a Member of the Council,
other than the Clerk, or any other servant of the Council on
official duty in the Council Chamber.
MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE COUNCIL
Oath of Allegiance.
3. (1) Except for the purpose of electing a Speaker and Deputy
Speaker after a general election, no Member of the Council shall take part in
the proceedings thereof until he has made and subscribed the oath or
affirmation of allegiance in the form set out in the Schedule to these Orders.
(2) Immediately following the election of a Speaker and Deputy
Speaker after a general election, the Clerk shall administer the oath first to
the Speaker and Deputy Speaker and then to the other Members in the pre-
scribed order of precedence.
(3) At any other time, the oath shall be administered by the Clerk
immediately after Prayers.
Election of Speaker.
4. (1) Whenever it is necessary for the Council to elect a person to be
Speaker, whether after a general election or when the office of Speaker falls
vacant for any reason other than the dissolution of the Council, the procedure
for the election shall be as follows:
(a) Any Member, having first ascertained that the Member or other
person to be proposed'is willing to serve if elected, may, addressing himself
to the Clerk, propose that other Member, or any other suitably qualified person,
to the Council as Speaker. The proposal shall require to be seconded but no
debate shall be allowed.
(b) If only one person is so proposed, he shall be declared by the
Clerk to have been elected.
(c) If more than one person is so proposed, the Council shall pro.
ceed to elect a Speaker by ballot.
(2) The procedure for the holding of a ballot shall be as follows:-
(a) Every Member present shall, if he desires, write upon a ballot-
paper to be supplied to him by the Clerk the name of the person
so proposed whom he desires to be Speaker.
(b) The Clerk shall then call the names of all the Members and
each Member who so desires shall, as his name is called come
to the Table, and drop his ballot-paper into a glass jar thereon
in such a manner as not to disclose how he is voting.
(e) When all Members who wish to do so have dropped their
ballot-paper in the glass jar, the Clerk shall examine the
ballot-papers and report the result of the ballot.
(d) If no person receives a majority of votes, but two or more
persons receive the same number of votes, and that number of
votes exceeds the number of votes received by any other per-
son, a second ballot shall be taken, in the manner prescribed
in the three preceding sub-paragraphs save that fno vote shall
be cast for any person except one or other of the persons who
received an equal number of votes.
(e) If upon the holding of the second ballot, referred to iih sub-
paragraph (d) of this Order, two or more persons receive an
equal number of votes, subsequent ballots shall be held until
one person has been duly elected.
(f) A Member shall not drop any ballot-paper into the glass jar
save his own.
(g) A Member who arrives after the names of the Members have
been called and before the Clerk has begun his examination of
the ballot-papers, shall be entitled to record his vote in the
manner prescribed in this Standing Order.
Election of Deputy Speaker.
5. (1) Whenever.it is necessary to elect a Member to the office of
Deputy Speaker of the Council in accordance with Section 32 (3) of the
St. Vincent (Constitution) Order in Council 1959, such election shall be con-
ducted in a similar manner to the election of the Speaker, save that the Speaker
Presiding in the Council and in Coimittee.
6. (1) The Speaker, or in his absence the Deputy Speaker or, if they
are both absent a Member of the Council (not being a Member of the Executive
Council) elected by the Council for that siting shall preside at the sittings of
the Council and shall act as Chairman of Committees of the whole Council.
(2) The Deputy Speaker, or other Member presiding, shall have all
the authority and power of the Speaker when presiding at a sitting of the
(3) The Speaker may, without any formal communication to the
Council or to the committee, request the Deputy Speaker to take the Chair.
(4) Whenever the absence of the Speaker from the sitting is
announced by the Clerk at the Table, the Deputy Speaker shall take the Chair.
7. (1) The proceedings and debates of the Council shall be conducted
in the English language.
(2) Every petition shall be in the English language.
Duties of the Clerk.
8. The duties of the Clerk shall be-
(1) to attend all sittings of the Council and to read the Order of
the Day and whatever else is required to be read from the Table.
(2) To sign all Orders of the Council, including any order of sus-
pension, and addresses and votes of thanks.
(3) To keep the Minutes of the proceedings of the Council, and of
Committee of the whole Council; the Minutes shall record the
names of members attending, all decisions of the Council whether
made formally or informally, and shall be signed by the Speaker.
In the case of division, of the Council or Committee of the
whole Council the Minutes shall include the numbers voting for
and against the question, and the names of members so voting.
(4) To circulate copies of the Minutes to Members before the com-
mencement of the next sitting.
(5) To keep in safe custody all votes, records, bills and other docu-
ments laid before the Council which shall be open to inspection
by members of the Council and other persons under such
arrangements as may be sanctioned by theSpeaker.
(6) At the end of each session to cause to be prepared and placed
in the records of the Council a bound volume containing the
Minutes of Proceedings of that session, marked with all such
corrections as the Speaker may have directed to be made therein.
(7) To prepare from day to day an Order Book showing all business
appointed for any future day and any notices of questions or
motions for which no particular day has yet been fixed and to
allow the Order Book to be open to inspection by Members of
the Council at all reasonable hours.
(8) To prepare for each meeting of the Council-
(a) an Order Paper containing the business for that meeting;
(b) a Notice Paper containing all notices entered in the Order
(9) Not less than 14 days before the date of a meeting to post or
despatch or cause to be posted or despatched a copy of the
Notice Paper to each member.
(10) Not less than seven days before a meeting to post or despatch
,or cause to be posted or despatched a copy of the Order Paper
to each Member.
9. (1) The Quorum of the Council andof a Committee of the whole
Council shall consist of seven Members besides the person presiding at the
(2) If any Member draws the attention of the Speaker in the Council,
or of the Chairman in Committee of the whole Council to the fact that a quorum
is not present, the Speaker or Chairman, as the case may be, shall direct
Members to be summoned as if for a division.
(3) When the order to summon Members has been given in the
Council, the Speaker shall, after the expiration of two minutes, count the
Council. If a quorum is not then present, he shall adjourn the Council with-
out question put.
(4) When the order to summon Members has been given in Committee
of the whole Council, the Chairman shall, after the expiration of two minutes,
count the Committee. If he ascertains that a quorum is not then present, the
Council shall resume and the Speaker shall count the Council. If a quorum
is then present the Council shall again resolve itself into Committee; but if a
quorum is not present, the Speaker shall adjourn the Council without question
(5) If, from the number of Members taking part in a division, in-
cluding those Members who declined to vote, it appears that a quorum is not
present, the. division shall be invalid, the business then under consideration
shall stand over until the next sitting, and the Council or Committee shall be
counted in accordance with paragraph (3) or paragraph (4) of this Order.
Meetings and Sittings of the Council.
10. (1) Subject to paragraph 2 of this Order, an ordinary meeting of the
Council shall be held on the first Thursday in each month except in the months
of May, June and July and every adjournment of the Council shall be to the
next ordinary meeting day, unless the Council, upon a motion by a Minister
otherwise decides. Should the first Thursday in any month be a Bank Holiday
then the Council shall meet at 10.00 o'clock in the forenoon of the next work-
(2) If, at any time, it is represented to the Speaker by the Chief
Minister that the public interest requires that the Council should meet on an
earlier day or on a later day than that to which it would otherwise meet, the
Speaker may direct the Clerk to give notice accordingly. The Clerk shall
then as soon as possible give notice to each Member in writing, or if time
does not permit by telephone or in any other manner, of any such earlier or
later meeting, and the Council shall meet at the time stated or given in any
Hours of Sitting.
11. (1) Every sitting shall begin at 10 o'clock in the forenoon or at
such other time as the Council may from time to time determine or in the,
absence of such decision, as the Speaker may direct, and every sitting shall
end not later than 7 o'clock in the afternoon or at such other time as the Council
may from time to time determine or in the absence of such determination as the
Speaker may direct.
(2) At 6.00 o'clock the Speaker shall interrupt the business under
discussion and its resumption shall be appointed for such day as the Member
in charge of it may name, and if the Council is in Committee the Chairman shall
interrupt the business and the Speaker shall report progress to the Council and
shall direct that the Committee shall resume its sitting on such day as he shall
name. Any other business standing on the Order Paper, if unopposed, shall
then be disposed of, or, if opposed, shall be set down for such other sitting
as the Member in charge of it shall name. Any business which when called
during the time of unopposed business is objected to by a Member shall be
treated as opposed business.
(3) If at the time for interruption of business the Closure is moved,
or if proceedings under Standing Order No. 38 (Closure of Debate) are then
in progress, the Speaker or Chairman shall not leave the Chair until the
questions consequent thereon and on any further motion as provided for in
Standing Order No. 38 (Closure of Debate) have been decided even though
the Divisions on such questions carry on beyond 6.30 o'clock in the afternoon,
but in that event immediately such questions have been decided or, if in Com-
mittee, as soon as the Chairman's report has been received, the Speaker shall
proceed as provided for in the next succeeding paragraph.
(4) Business which has not been disposed of or postponed by 6.30
o'clock shall stand over till the next sitting, and at that hour, or upon the
earlier conclusion of all business, appointed at a sitting, the Speaker, shall
call upon a Minister to move "That this Council do now adjourn" and upon
that question being agreed to the Council shall adjourn. If that question has
not been agreed to at 7.00 o'clock, the Speaker shall at that hour adjourn the
Council without question put.
(5) A Minister may either with or without notice at the commence-
ment of Public Business, move "That the proceedings on (any specified busi-
ness) be exempted at this day's sitting from the provisions of the Standing
Order 'Hours of Sittipgs',", and any such motion shall be decided without
amendment or debate, and if such a motion be agreed to the business so speci-
fied shall not be interrupted if it is under discussion at 6 o'clock on that day
and may be entered upon at any hour although opposed; and if it is under
discussion when the business is postponed under the provision of any Standing
Order, may be resumed and proceeded with, although opposed after the in-
terruption of business. Such a motion may provide for exemption for a
specified period only. Not more than one such motion shall be made at any
one sitting. After the interruption at 6 o'clock or at the conclusion of any
exempted business the Speaker shall call upon a Minister to move "That this
Council do now adjourn" and if that question has not been previously agreed
to after the expiration of half an hour the Speaker shall adjourn the Council
without question put.
(6) The Speaker may at any ,time, for the convenience of Members,
suspend the sitting for a stated period.
Adjournment of the Council.
12. (1) A Minister may move "That this Council do now adjourn" at
any time after the conclusion of questions at any sitting but any other member
may only move such a motion under Standing Order No. 13 (Adjournment-
Definite Matter of Urgent Public Importance.)
(2) Upon any motion "That this Council do now adjourn" moved
under paragraph (4) or paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 11 (Hours
of Sitting), a debate may take place, in which any matter for which the
Executive Council is responsible may be raised by any Member who has ob-
tained the right to raise a matter on the motion for the adjournment of the
House that day. If time permits the Speaker may allow any other Member, who
has given him prior notice of his wish so to do, to speak on the subject raised,
and the Minister who is responsible for the matter raised shall reply. There-
after, if time permits, any other Member who has obtained the right may
similarly raise a matter subject to the same conditions. In any such debate
any Minister may speak more than once in reply to Members raising matters.
(3) Any Member who wishes to raise a matter under the provisions
of paragraph (2) of this Order at a particular sitting shall give notice of the
matter in writing to the Speaker not less than one clear day before the sitting
concerned. Subject to the giving of such notice, the right to raise a matter
shall be allotted for each sitting through such arrangements as the Speaker
Adjournment-Definite Matter of Urgent Public Importance.
13. (1) Any Member other than a Member of the Government may at the
time appointed under Standing Order No. 14 (Order of Business) rise in his
place and ask leave to move the adjournment of the Council for the purpose
of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance.
(2) A Member who wishes so to ask leave, to move the adjournment
of the Council shall, before the Orders of the Day have been entered upon,
hand to the Speaker a written notification of the matter which he wishes to
discuss. The Speaker shall refuse to allow the claim unless he is satisfied
.that the matter is definite, urgent and of public importance and may properly
be raised on a motion for the adjournment of the Council.
(3) If the Speaker is so satisfied, and either-
(a) leave-of the Council is given; or
(b) if it is not given, at least five Members rise in their places
to support the request,-
the motion shall stand over until 5 o'clock in the afternoon on the same day,
and at that hour any proceeding on which the Council is engaged shall be post-
poned until the motion for the adjournment is disposed of or until 6.00 o'clock,
whichever is the earlier. At 6.00 o'clock the motion for the adjournment, if
not previously disposed of, shall lapse and the proceedings which have been
postponed shall be resumed and dealt with in accordance with the next para-
.graph of this Order.
(4) At 6.00 o'clock or upon the earlier conclusion of the debate on
the motion for the adjournment, the business which was postponed at 5 o'clock
shall be resumed and any proceedings thereon, and upon any business stand-
ing on the Order Paper for that day's sitting, shall be exempted from the
provisions of paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 11 (Hours of Sittings)
for a period of time equal to the duration of the proceedings upon the ad-
journment motion under this Order, and that period shall be added to the
hours of 6.00 o'clock and 7.00 o'clock wherever they occur in that Order.
(5) Not more than one motion for the adjournment of the Council
under this Order may be allowed at, one sitting.
ARRANGEMENT OF BUSINESS.
Order of Business.
14. (1) Unless the Council otherwise resolves, the business of each sitting
shall be transacted in the following order:-
(a) Formal entry of Speaker.
(c) Oath of allegiance of a new Member.
(d) Confirmation of Minutes.
(e) Announcements by the Speaker.
(f) Presentation of Petitions.
(g) Presentation of Papers and Reports from Select Committees.
(h) Quesions to Ministers.
(i) Requests for leave to move the adjournment of the Council
on matters of urgent public importance.
(j) Statements by Ministers.
(k) Motions relating to the Business or Sittings of the Council,
and moved by a Minister or the Attorney General.
(1) MesSages from the Administrator.
(m) Public Business:
(2) Subject to these Orders where the Council is to receive an
address from the Administrator such address may be delivered immediately
after the item "Oath of Allegiance of a new Member" in the "Order of Busi-
ness" as provided above or at such other point in the "Order of Business" as
the Speaker may direct.
PETITIONS AND PAPERS.
Presentation of Petitions.
15. (1) Every Petition intended to be presented to the Council must
conclude with a prayer setting forth the general object of. the Petition.
(2) A Petition shall not be presented to the Council unless it shall
have been endorsed by the Clerk as being in accordance with the rules in
regard to Petitions.
(3) The Member presenting a Petition may state othoiiBly the pir-
port of the Petition. A Member mnay not present a Petition from himself.
(4) All Petitions shall be ordered to lie upon the Table without
question put unless a Member when presenting a Petition moves for it to be
read, printed or referred to a Select Committee.
(5) (a) The Council will not receive any Petition-
which is not addressed to the Council and which is not
properly and respectfully worded; which has not at least
one signature on the sheet on which the prayer of the
Petition appears and which has not at least the prayer at
the head of each subsequent sheet of signatures; or
(b) Except on the recommendation of the Administrator signi-
fied by a Minister, the Council shall not receive any Petition
which in the opinion of the person presiding in the Council,
would dispose of or charge any public revenue or public
funds of Saint Vincent or alter any disposition thereof or
charge thereon or impose, alter or repeal any rate, tax or
Presentation of Papers.
16. (1) Every Paper shall be presented by a Minister or the Attorney
General and its presentation shall be recorded in the Minutes of Proceedings.
(2) Any Member presenting a Paper may make a short explanatory
statement of its contents.
(3) All Papers presented to the Council shall be ordered to lie upon
the Table without question put and any motion for the printing.
thereof shall be determined without amendment or debate.
(4) All Regulations, Rules and Orders made or approved by the
Administrator-in-Council under the authority of an Ordinance,
which do not require the approval of the Legislative Council
shall be laid on the Table as soon as may be after being made.
Nature of Questions.
17. Questions may be put to Ministers relating to public affairs for which
they are officially responsible. Where there is no Minister responsible for the
matter forming the subject of a question such question may be put to the
Notice of Questions.
18. (1) A Question shall not be asked without notice, unless it is of an
urgent character or relates to the business of the day, and the Member has
obtained the leave of the Speaker to ask it.
(2) Notice of a Question may be handed by a Member to the Clerk
when the Council is sitting, or may be sent to or left at the office of the Clerk
at any time during the hours prescribed for the purpose. Every such notice
must be signed by the Member giving it.
(3) The reply to any question may be deferred to the next meeting
of the Council unless the member asking the question shall have given not
less than ten clear days' notice in writing of his intention to ask the same.
(4) A Member who desires an oral answer to a question shall so
indicate clearly on his notice and such a question shall be put down for a day
to be named by the Member being a day not earlier than ten clear days after
the question has been submitted to the Clerk. A question not indicated for
an oral answer may be put down for the next meeting of the Council and the
answer when received shall be circulated with the Minutes of Proceedings.
(5) A notice given orally in Council shall not have any force after
that sitting of the Council unless it be supplemented by a notice given in ac-
cordance with para. (2) of this Order.
Contents of Question.
19. (1) The right to ask a question shall be subject to the following
general rules as to the interpretation of which the Speaker shall be the sole
(a) The proper object of a question is to obtain information on a
question of fact within the official cognisance of the Minister to
whom it is addressed or the Attorney General, or to ask for
(b) A question shall not include the names of persons or any state-
ments of fact, unless they be necessary to render the question
(c) If a question contains a statement of fact, the Member asking it
shall make himself responsible for the accuracy of the statement,
and no question shall be based upon a newspaper report or upon
an unofficial publication.
(d) No Member shall address the Council upon any question, and a
question shall not be made the pretext for a debate.
(e) Not more than one subject shall be referred to in any one
question; and a question shall not be made of excessive length;
(f) A question shall not contain arguments, inferences, opinions,
imputations, epithets, ironical expressions or hypothetical cases.
(g) A question shall not be asked-
(i) which raises an issue already decided in the Council or
which has been answered fully during the current session,
or to which an answer has been refused;
(ii) seeking information about matters which are in their
(iii) regarding proceedings in a Committee which have not
been placed before the Council by a report from the Com-
(iv) which deals with matters referred to a Commission of
Enquiry or within the jurisdiction of the Chairman of a
(v) as to the character or conduct of any person except in his
official or public capacity;
(vi) about any matter then pending before any Court of Justice,
or which reflects on the decision of a Court of Justice;
(vii) reflecting on the character or conduct of any person whose
conduct can only be challenged on a substantive motion
under Standing Order 35 (Contents of Speeches);
(viii) asking whether statements in the press, or of private
individuals, or unofficial bodies are accurate;
(ix) the answer to which can be found by reference to available
(x) referring discourteously to, or seeking information about,
the internal affairs of any territory within the Common-
wealth or of a friendly foreign country.
(h) -A question shall not solicit the expression of an opinion, or the
solution of an abstract legal question, or of a hypothetical pro-
(2) If the Speaker is of the opinion that any question of which a
Member has given notice to the Clerk infringes the provisions of any Standing
Order or is in any way an abuse of the right of.questioning, he may direct-
(a) that the Member concerned be informed that the question is
out of order; or
(b) that the question be entered in the Order-Book with such
alterations as he may direct.
Manner of asking and answering Questions.
20. (1) At the time appointed for the oral asking and answering of
questions under Standing Order No. 14 (Order of Business), the Speaker
shall call in turn upon each Member in whose name a question stands upon
the Order Paper, in the order in which the questions are printed. Each
Member so called shall rise in his place and ask the question by reference to
its number on the Order Paper, and the Member questioned shall give his
(2) after the answer to a question has been given a supplementary
question may, at the discretion of the Speaker, be put by the Member asking
the question for the purpose of elucidating the answer given orally, but the
Speaker may refuse any such question which in his opinion introduces matters
not relevant to the original question or which infringes any of the provisions
of Standing Order No. 19 (Contents of Questions), and may in that case direct
that such questions be not reported in the Official Report.
(3) When all the questions for which an oral answer is required have
been called, the Speaker if time permits shall call again any question Which has
not been asked by reason of the absence of the Member in whose name it stands;
in which case a Member can ask a question for another Member, if deputed by
him to do so. The Speaker shall also call again any question which has not
been answered by reason of the absence of the Member to whom it is addressed.
(4) The Member to whom a question is put may decline to answer a
question, if the publication of the answer would in his opinion be contrary to
the public interest.
(5) Not more than three questions requiring an oral answer shall
appear on the Order Paper in the name of the same Member for the same day
and not more than four questions requiring a written reply shall appear on the
Order Paper in the name of the same Member for the same day.
Arrangements of Public Business.
21. (1) Public Business shall consist of bills and motions other than
th6se described by paragraph (k) of Standing Order No, 14.
(2) Subject to the provisions of these Standing Orders, Government
Business shall have precedence at every meeting of the Council except on the
first day at the third meeting of any new Session when Private Members' busi-
ness shall have precedence.
(3) Government Business shall consist of motions proposed to be
made and bills sponsored by Ministers or the Attorney General and shall be
set down in such order as the Government think fit.
(4) Private Members business shall be set down in the Order of the
Day in the order in which it was entered in the Order Book.
(5) Subject to paragraph (2) of this Order no private member's
business may be considered after 5 o'clock at any ordinary sitting of the
Council and any business not reached shall stand over to the next sitting.
Private Member's business entered upon, but not disposed of by that time, shall
be deferred until such time as the Speaker may determine.
(6) Subject to paragraph (2) of this Order no private member's
business which has been opposed may be set down for or deferred to an
ordinary sitting of the Council in the months of February, April, August,
October or December.
MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS-THERETO
Questions for Debate.
22. (1) Except on the recommendation of the Administrator signified
by a Minister, the Council shall not proceed upon any motion (including any
amendment to a motion) which in the opinion of the person presiding in the
Council would dispose of or charge any public revenue or public funds of
Saint Vincent or alter any disposition thereof or charge thereon or impose,
alter or repeal any rate, tax or duty.
(2) The signification of the recommendation of the Administrator
shall be recorded in the Minutes of Proceedings.
Notice of Motions or Amendments.
23. (1) Where under any Standing Order notice is required such notice
shall be given in writing signed by the Member and addressed to the Clerk,
such notice shall be handed to the Clerk-or sent to, or left at, the Clerk's
Office during the hours prescribed for that purpose.
(2) If the Speaker is of the opinion, that any notice of motion which
has been received by the Clerk infringes the provisions of any Standing Order
or is in any other way out of order, he may direct:-
that the Member concerned be informed that the notice of motion
is out of order; or
that the notice of motion be entered in the Order Book with such
alterations as he may direct.
(3) Not more than two notices of motions in the name of a Member
other than a Minister may be entered on the Order Paper of any sitting.
Exemptions from Notice.
24. Unless the Standing Orders otherwise provide notice shall be given
of any motion which it is proposed to make, with the exception of the follow-
(a) a motion for the amendment of any motion;
(b) a motion for the adjournment of the House or of a debate;
(c) a motion for the election of a temporary presiding officer under
paragraph (1) of Standing Order No. 6 (Presiding in the
Council and in Committee).
(d) a motion for the suspension of Standing Orders put with the
leave of the Speaker.
(e) a motion for the withdrawal of strangers;
(f) a motion that the Council resolve itself into Committee;
(g) a motion made in Committee of the whole Council other than
the Committee of Supply;
(h) a motion for the suspension of a Member;
(i) a motion that a petition do lie upon the Table and be read,
printed or referred to a Select Committee;
(j) a motion for the printing of a paper under paragraph (3) of
Standing Order No. 16 (Presentation of Papers);.
(k) a motion that the report of a Select Committee be referred to
a Committee of the whole Council;
(1) a motion relating to a matter of privilege;
(m) a motion arising out of any item of business made immediately
after that item is disposed of and before the next item is
(n) a motion to recommit a bill under paragraph. (1) of Standing
Order No. 54 (Recommittal of Bills reported from Committee of
the whole Council);
(o) a motion for the withdrawal of a bill under Standing Order
No. 57 (Withdrawal of Bills);
(p) a motion for leave of absence, moved under paragraph (2) of
Standing Order No. 72 (Absence of Members);
(q) a motion in respect of which notice has been dispensed with
under Standing Order No. 25 (Dispensing with Notice);
(r) a motion for approval of the Order Paper as circulated.
Dispensing with Notice.
25. Notice: shall not be dispensed with in the case of a motion or in
respect of any proceedings for which notice is required, except with the con-
sent of the Speaker and the assent of the majority of the Members present at
26. (1) A motion directly concerning the privileges of the Council shall
take precedence of all other public business.
(2) If during a sitting of the Council a matter suddenly arises which
calls for the immediate intervention of the Council the proceed-
ings may be interrupted, save during the progress of a division,
Sby a motion based on such matter of privilege.
Moving of Motions.
27. (1) Subject to the Constitution and to these Standing Orders, it
shall be competent for any Member to propose by way of motion any matter
for debate in the Council.
(2) On a motion made and when necessary seconded the Speaker
shall propose the question to the Council, and after debate, if any, shall then
put the question for .the decision of the Council.
(3) If a motion embodies two or more separate propositions, the pro-
positions may be proposed by the Speaker as separate questions.
(4) If a Member desires to vary the terms of a motion standing in
his name, he may do so by giving an amended notice of motion, provided that
such amendment does not, in the opinion of the Speaker, materially alter any
principle embodied in the original motion or the scope thereof. Such amended
notice of motion shall run from the time at which the original notice of motion
Seconding of Motions.
28. (1) In the Council the question upon a motion or amendment shall
not be proposed by the Speaker unless such motion or amendment has been
seconded. Provided that Government business shall not require seconding.
(2) In the Committee a seconder shall not be required.
Motions not Mcved or Seconded.
29. (1) If a Member does not move a motion or amendment which
stands in his name when he is called on, it shall be removed from the Order
Paper, unless some other Member duly authorised by him in writing; moves it
in his stead:
Provided that Government business may be moved by any Minister
or the Attorney General.
(2) No question shall be proposed upon a motion or amendment,
which under these Standing Orders is required to be seconded, if it is not so
seconded, and no record of proceeding upon the motion or amendment shall
be entered in the Minutes of Proceedings.
Withdrawal of Motions.
30. (1) A motion may be withdrawn, at the request of the mover, after
it has been moved, by leave of the Council or Committee, before the question
is fully put thereon, provided there is no dissentient voice.
(2) A motion so withdrawn may be made again provided that notice,
as required by these Orders, is given.
(3) If an amendment has been proposed to a question, the original
motion cannot be withdrawn until the amendment has been disposed of.
Amendments to Motions.
31. (1) When any motion is under consideration in the Council or in
a Committee thereof an amendment may be proposed to the motion if it is
(2) An amendment may be proposed to any such amendment if it
is relevant thereto.
(3) An amendment to a motion may be moved and seconded at any
time after the question upon the motion has been proposed by the Speaker or
Chairman, and before it has been put by the Speaker or Chairman at the
conclusion of the debate upon the motion. When every such amendment has
been disposed of, the Speaker or Chairman shall either again propose the
question upon the motion or shall propose the question upon the motion as
amended, as the case may require, and after any further debate which may
arise thereon, shall put the question to the Council or Committee for its
(4) (a) Upon any amendment to leave out any of the words of the
motion, the question to be proposed shall be "That the
words proposed to be left out of the question."
(b) Upon any amendment to insert words in, or add words at
the end of a motion, the question to be proposed shall be
"That the words......................be there inserted" ("or added").
(c) Upon any amendment to leave out words and insert or add
other words instead, a question shall first be proposed
"That the words proposed to be left out be left out of the
question", and only if that question is agreed to, shall the
question then be proposed "That *the words................... be
there inserted" (or "added").
(d) When two or more amendments are proposed to be moved
to the same motion, the Speaker shall call upon the movers
in the order in which their amendments relate to the text
of the motion, or in case of doubt in such order as he shall
(e) Any amendment may be withdrawn at the request of the
mover, by leave of the Council, before the question is fully
put thereon provided that there is no dissentient voice.
(5) (a) Any amendment to an amendment which a Member wishes
to propose may be moved and seconded at any time after
the question upon the original amendment has been pro-
posed, and before it has been put at the conclusion of the
debate on the original amendment.
(b) The provisions of paragraph (4) of this Order shall apply
to the discussions of amendments to amendments except
that in any question to be put, the words "Original amend-
ment" shall be substituted for the word "question".
(c) When every such amendment to an amendment has been
disposed of, the Speaker shall either again propose the
question upon the original amendment, or shall propose the
question upon the original amendment .as'amended, as the
case may require.
(6) Any amendment, whether in the Council or in Committee of fhe
whole Council, shall be put into writing by the'mover and delivered to the
Clerk before the question is proposed thereon.
(7) When the question upon an, amendment to. a motion has been
proposed by the Speaker or Chairman an earlier part of the motipo may not
be amended unless the amendment under discussion is withdrawn.
(8) An amendment shall not raise any question which, by these
Standing Orders, can only be raised by a Substantive motion after notice.
RULES OF DEBATE.
Time and Manner of Speaking
32. (1) A Member desiring to speak shall rise in his place and if called
upon shall address the Chair. No Member shall speak unless called upon by
the Speaker or Chairman.
(2) If two or more Members rise at the same time, the Speaker or
Chairman shall call upon the Member who first caught his eye.
(3) No Member shall speak more than once on any question except
(a) in Committee;
(b) in explanation as prescribed in paragrpah (4) of this Order;
(c) in the case of the mover of a substantive motion or the
Member in charge of a bill in reply;
Provided that any Member may second a motion or amendment by
rising in his place and stating that it is his-intention to second the motion
or' amendment, without prejudice to his right to speak at a later period of the
(4) A Member who has spoken on a question may again be heard
to offer explanation of some material part of his speech which he claims has
been misrepresented; but he shall not introduce new matter.
(5) A Member who has spoken may speak again when a new question
has been proposed by the Speaker or Chairman, such as a proposed amend-
ment or a Motion for the adjournment of the debate.
(6) A Member shall not read his speech but he may read extracts
from books or papers in support of his argument, and nmay refresh his memory
by reference to notes; provided a Minister may with the permission of the
Speaker deliver a written address to the Council.
(7) No Member may speak on any question after it has been fully put
to the vote by the Speaker, that is to say, after the voices of the Ayes and the
Noes have been collected.
Right of Reply.
33. (1) The mover of a motion may reply after all the other Members
present have had an opportunity of addressing the Council and before the
question is put, and after such reply no other Member may speak, except as
provided in paragraph (2) of this Order.
(2) A Minister may conclude a debate on any motion which is
critical of the Government, or reflects adversely on or is calculated to bring
discredit upon the Government or a Government Officer.
34. No Member shall interrupt another Member except:-
(a) by rising to a point of order, when the Member speaking shall
resume his seat and the Member interrupting shall simply
S direct attention to the.point which he desires to bring to notice
and submit it to the Speaker or Chairmain for decision; or
(b) to elucidate some matter raised by that Member in the course
of his speech, provided that the Member speaking is willing
to give way and resumes his seat and that the Member wishing
to interrupt is called by the Chair.
Contents of Speeches.
35. (1) Reference shall not be made to any matter which is sub judice,
in such a way as might in the opinion of the Speaker prejudice the interests
of parties thereto.
(2) It shall be out of order to attempt to reconsider any specific
question upon which the Council has come to a, conclusion during the current
session except upon a substantive motion for recission.
(3) It shall be out of order to use offensive and insulting language
in the Council.
(4) Members shall be referred to by the names of the electoral
districts for which they have been elected except Ministers who shall be
referred to by the portfolio which they hold. An ex officio Member shall be
referred to by the designation of the office held by him.. Nominated Members
shall be referred to according to priority as regards length of service in the
Council i.e. First Nominated Member, Second Nominated Member, as the
case may be.
(5) No Member shall impute improper motives to any Member of
(6) Her Majesty's or the Administrator's name shall not be used to
(7) The conduct of Her Majesty and Members of the Royal Family
shall not be called in question.
(8) The conduct of the Administrator or Officer administering the
Government, Members of Council or a Judge of the Supreme Court or Carib-
bean Court of Appeal shall not be raised except upon a substantive motion
moved for the purpose.
(9) The conduct of Officers administering the Government in Terri-
tories comprising the Windward and Leeward Islands and Barbados, of Pre-
siding Officers of Territorial Legislatures, and of all Judges in those Terri-
tories, shall not be raised in debate.
Scope of Debate.
36. (1) Debate upon any motion, bill or amendment shall be relevant
to such motion, bill or amendment, except in the case of a motion for the
adjournment of the Council.
(2) When an amendment proposes to leave out words and to add
or insert other words instead of them, debate upon the question "That the
words proposed to be left out of the question" may include both the words
proposed to be left out and those proposed to be added or inserted.
(3) On an amendment proposing only to leave out words or to add
or insert words, debate shall be confined to the omission addition or insertion
of such words respectively.
(4) Debate upon any motion "That the debate be now adjourned" or
"That this Council do now adjourn" if moved during any debate, or in Com-
mittee upon any motion "That the Chairman do report progress and ask leave
to sit again", shall be confined to the matter of such motion; and a Member
who has made or seconded such motion shall not be entitled to move or second
a similar motion during the same debate.
37. (1) It shall be out of order to anticipate a bill by discussion upon
a motion dealing with the subject matter of that bill.
(2) It shall be out of order to anticipate a bill or a notice of motion
by discussion upon an amendment, or a motion for the adjournment of the
(3) In determining whether discussion is out of order on the ground
of anticipation, regard shall be had by the Chair to the probability of the
matter anticipated being brought before the Council within a reasonable time.
Closure of Debate.
38. (1) After a question has been proposed any Member may at any
time during the course of debate rise in his place and claim to move "That the
question be now put" and unless it appears to the Chair that the motion is an
abuse of the rules of the Council or an infringement of the rights of the
minority the question "That the question be now put" shall be put forthwith.
No debate on that motion shall be allowed, and if the motion is carried the
debate then before the Council shall cease and the question before the Council
shall be put forthwith.
(2) When the motion That the question be now put" has been
carried, and the question thereon has been decided, any Member may claim that
any other question already proposed from the Chair be now put and if the assent
of the Chair is given such question shall be put forthwith and decided without
amendment or debate.
(3) The provisions of this Order shall apply only when, in the
Council, the Speaker, or in Committee the Speaker or Deputy Speaker is in the
Rules for Member's Behaviour.
39. During a Meeting of the Council a Member-
(a) shall enter or leave the Council with decorum;
(b) shall not read books, newspapers, letters or other documents save
such as relate to the business before the Council;
(c) shall not bring into the Council, brandish, display or expose in any
manner whatsoever any fire-arm or any other dangerous or offensive
weapon or instrument;
(d) shall maintain silence while another Member is speaking, and shall
not interrupt, except in accordance with these Standing Orders; and
(e) shall otherwise conduct himself in a fit and proper manner.
RULES OF ORDER.
Responsibility for Order in the Council and in Committee.
40. (1) The Speaker in the Council and the Chairman in Committee shall
be responsible for the observance of the rules of order in the Council and Com-
mittee respectively and their decision upon any point of order shall not be
open to appeal and shall not be reviewed by the Council except upon a substan-
tive motion made after notice.
(2) When the Speaker or Chairman rises any Member then speaking
or wishing to speak shall immediately resume his seat and the Council, or the
Committee shall be silent.
Order in the Council and in Committee.
41. (1) The Speaker or the Chairman, after having called the attention
of the Council or of the Committee, to the conduct of a Member who persists in
irrelevance, or tedious repetition either of his own arguments, or of the argu-
ments used by other Members in debate, may direct him to discontinue his
speech and to resume his seat.
(2) The Speaker or the Chairman shall order any Member whose
conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the Council during
the remainder of that day's sitting, and may direct such steps to be taken as are
required to enforce this order.
(3) If, on any occasion, the Speaker or the Chairman considers that
his powers under paragraphs (1) and (2) of this Order are inadequate, the
Speaker or Chairmaii may name such Member for disregarding the authority of
the Chair under this Standing Order, in which event the procedure prescribed
in the next succeeding paragraph should be followed.
(4) Whenever a Member has been named by the Speaker, or by The
(a) if the offence has been committed in the Council, the Speaker
shall call upon a Minister to move "That Mr............be
suspended from the service of the Council". The Speaker
shall put the question on such motion forthwith no seconder
being required and no amendment, adjournment or debate
(b) if the offence has been committed in Committee, the Chairman
.shall forthwith suspend the proceedings of the Committee and,
as soon as the Council has resumed, shall report the circum-
stances, whereupon the procedure provided for in the preceed-
ing sub-paragraph shall be followed;
(c) if any such motion be carried, and a Member be suspended, his
suspension on first occasion shall continue until the next meeting
of the Council and on a second or subsequent occasion until
the Council resolves that such suspension be terminated or
until the end of the same session. Any remuneration to which
a Member is entitled as a Member of the Council shall cease
for the period of his suspension.
(5) Not more than one Member shall be named at the same time,
unless several Members present together have jointly committed the offence.
(6) A Member who is directed to withdraw or who is suspended under
this Standing Order shall forthwith leave the Council and its precincts.
(7) If any Member who has been directed to withdraw or who has
been suspended under this 'Standing Order, refuses at any time to obey, the
direction of the Speaker to withdraw from the Council and its precincts, the
Speaker shall call the attention of the Council to the fact that. recourse to force
is necessary in order to compel obedience to his direction, and the Member
named by him as having so refused to obey his directionshall thereupon without
further question put be suspended from the service of the ,Council during the
remainder of the session.
(8) If resort to force is necessary, the Speaker may suspend the
sitting during the removal of the Member.
(9) A Member who is directed to withdraw or who is suspended under
this Sanding Order shall not be entitled to attend the sitting from which he was
directed to withdraw or in a case of suspension to attend any sitting or enter
the precincts of the Council until the termination of his suspension.
(10) In the case of grave disorder arising in the Council the
Speaker may, if he thinks it necessary to do so, adjourn the Council without
question put, or suspend the sitting for a time to be namqd by him.
(11) Nothing in this Standing Order shall be taken to deprive the
Council of the power of proceeding against any Member according to any reso-
lution of the Council.
Decision of Questions.
42. (1) Save as otherwise provided in the Constitution or in these
Standing. Orders all questions proposed for decision in. the Council or in
Committee shall be determined by a majority of the votes of those present
(2) Neither the Speaker nor any other Member presiding shall vote
unless the votes of the other Members are equally divided in which case he shall
have and exercise a casting vote.
Collection of Voices.
43. (1) At the conclusion of a debate upon any question the Speaker or
Chairman shall put that question for the decision of the Council, and shall
collect the voices of the Ayes and of the Noes, after which no further debate
may take place upon that question.
(2) The result shall be declared by the Speaker or Chairman stating
"I think the Ayes have it" or "I think the Noes have it" as the case may be,
but.any Member may challenge the opinion of the Chair by claiming a division.
44. (1) A division shall be taken by the Clerk calling each Member's
name and asking each Member separately how he desires to vote and recording
the vote accordingly. The Clerk shall then announce the number of those who
have voted for and of those who voted against the proposal and the Speaker or
Chairman shall declare the result of the division.
(2) Every Member present unless he expressly says that he declines
to vote, shall record his vote either for the Ayes or the Noes. The Clerk shall
enter in the Minutes of Proceedings the record of each Member's vote, and shall
add a statement of the names of Members who declined to vote.
(3) If a Member states that he voted in error or that his vote has been
counted wrongly, he may claim to have his vote altered provided that such
claim is made as soon as the Clerk has announced the numbers and before the
Chair has declared the result of the division. Upon such claim being made the
Speaker, or Chairman, .at his sole discretion shall either direct the Clerk to
alter that Member's vote or direct that a fresh division be held.
PROCEDURE ON BILLS.
Introduction and First Reading.
45. (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this Order any Member
may move for leave to introduce a bill of which he has given notice but a bill
may be presented to the Council on behalf of the Government after notice
without an Order of the Council for its introduction.
(2) Except on the recommendation of the Administrator signified by
a Minister, the Council shall not proceed upon any Bill (including any amend-
ment to a Bill) which, in the opinion of the person presiding in the Council,
would dispose of or charge any public revenue or public funds of Saint Vincent
or alter any disposition thereof or charge thereon or impose, alter or repeal any
rate, tax or duty.
(3) A bill, whether presented in pursuance.eo an order of the Council
after leave given or without such order, shall be handed to the 'Clerk at the
Table by the Member who gave notice of the bill. The Clerk shall then read
aloud the short title of the bill, which shall then be recorded in the Minutes of
Proceedings as having been read a first time and ordered to be printed.
Appointment of days for stages of Bills.
46. (1) Subject to this Order at the conclusion of the proceedings on any
stage of a bill, the Member in charge of the bill may either name a day to be
appointed for the next stage of the bill oi move that the next stage be taken
(2) An interval of not less than five days must elapse between the
first and second reading of a bill unless the Council on motion made and
question put without amendment or debate, agree to proceed with the bill at an
earlier date, or forthwith.
(3) No bill shall be read a second time until it has been printed and
circulated to Members.
Printing and circulation of Bills.
47. (1) The Clerk shall be responsible for the printing of bills from the
draft handed to him by the Member in charge of the bill and, before any bill
is printed, he shall satisfy himself that-
(a) the bill is divided into successive clauses numbered consecu-
(b) the bill has in the margin a short summary of each clause;
(c) the provisions of the bill do not go beyond its title.
(2) As soon as possible after the printing of a bill, the Clerk shall
circulate a copy to every Member. The bill may be accompanied by a short
explanatory statement of its objects.
(3) In the case of any bill which in the opinion of the Speaker
would make provision for imposing or increasing any charge on the revenue or
other funds of the territory, an estimate of the probable cost to the territory
shall be supplied by the Member and circulated with the bill.
(4) Thii'lI'k ltshall a~ o tn aiu pbsMible'a is vlPy bill to be published
in the Gazette.
Second Reading of Bills.
48. (1) On the second reading of a bill a debate may arise covering the
general merits and principles of the bill.
(2) To the question "That the bill be now read a second time" an
amendment may be proposed to leave out the word "now" and add at the end
of the question "upon this day six months" or an amendment may be moved to
leave out all the words after the word "that" in order to add words stating the
object and motive on which the opposition to the bl*-i- based; but such words
must be strictly relevant to the bill and not deal with its etails.
Committal of Bill.
49. (1) When the bill has been read a second time it shall stand commit-
ted to a Committee of the whole Council, unless the Council on motion made
commits it to a Select Committee. Such motion shall not require notice and
must be made immediately after the bill has been read a second time, and the
question thereon shall be put without amendment or debate and may though
opposed be decided immediately.
(2) When a bill has been committed to a Select Committee no further
proceedings shall be taken thereon until the Select Committee has presented its
report to the Council.
Functions of Committees on Bills.
50. (1) Any Committee to which a bill is committed shall not discuss the
principles of the bill but only its details.
(2) Any such Committee shall have power to make such amendments
therein as they s4alf O~i st, provided that tho amendments, including new
clauses and new ~ihedules, are relevant to the subject matter of the bill; but
if any such amendments are not within the title of the bill, they shall amend
the title accordingly and shall report the same to the Council.
Procedure in Committee of the whole Council on a Bill.
51. (1) The Chairman in Committee of the whole Council shall call the
number of each clause in succession. If no amendment is proposed thereto, or
when all proposed amendments have been disposed of, he shall propose the
question "That the clause (or the clause as amended) stand part of the bill"
and when all Members who wish to speak thereon have spoken, he shall put
that question to the Committee for its decision.
(2) Any proposed amendments of which notice has not been given
shall be handed to the Chairman in writing.
(3) The following provisions shall apply to amendments relating to
(a) An amendment must be relevant to the subject matter of the
bill; and to the subject matter of the clause to which it relates.
(b) A4 aPdplnpt must uot be incogitp wRith any clause already
agreed 'to r with any previous decision of the Committee.
(c) An amendment must not be such as to make the clause which it
proposes to amend unintelligible or ungrammatical.
(d) If an amendment refers to, or is not intelligible without a
subsequent amendment or schedule, notice of the subsequent
amendment or schedule must be given before or when the first
amendment is moved so as to make the series of amendments
intelligible as a whole.
(e) In order to save time and repetition of arguments the Chairman
may allow a single discussion to cover a series of interdependent
(f) The Chairman may refuse to allow an amendment, which is, in
his opinion, frivolous or meaningless to be moved.
(g) Except upon the recommendation of the Administrator to be
signified by a Minister and recorded in the Minutes of Proceed-
ings, the Committee shall not proceed upon any amendment
which in the opinion of the Chairman, would have effect in any
of the ways described in paragraph (2) of Standing Order
.No. 45 (Introduction and First Reading).
(h) The Chairman may at any time during the discussion of a
proposed amendment withdraw it from the consideration of the
Committee if, in his opinion the discussion shall have shown that
the amendment violates the provisions of this Standing Order.
(4) The provisions of paragraphs (4) and (5) of Standing Order
No. 31 (Amendments to Motions) shall apply to the discussion of amendments
to bills, with the substitution where appropriate of the word "clause" for
the word "motion" or the word "question", and of the word "Chairman" for
the word "Speaker" and the word "Committee" for the word "Council"
(5) A clause may be postponed, unless a decision has already been
taken upon an.amendment thereto. Postponed clauses shall be considered after
the remaining clauses of the bill have been considered and before new clauses
are brought up.
(6) Any proposed new clause shall be considered after the clauses
of the bill have been disposed of and before consideration of any schedule to
Provided that a new clause proposed in substitution for a clause
which has been disagreed to may be considered immediately after such
(7) On the title of any new clause being read by the Clerk the clause
shall be deemed to have been read a first time. The question shall then be
proposed "That the clause be read a second time" if this is agreed to, amend-
xnents may then be proposed to the new clause. The final question to be
proposed shall be "That the clause (or the clause as amended) be added to the
(8) Schedules shall be disposed of in the same way as clauses and any
proposed new schedules shall be considered after the schedules to the bill have
been disposed of and shall be treated in the same manner as a new clause.
(9) When every clause and schedule and proposed new clause of
schedule has been dealt with, the preamble, if there is one shall be considered
and the question put "That this be the preamble to the bill". No amendment
to the preamble shall be considered which is not made necessary by a previous
amendment to the bill.
(10) If any amendment to the title of the bill is made necessary by
an amendment to the bill, it shall be made at the conclusion of the proceedings
detailed above, but no question shall be put that the title (as amended) stand
part of the bill nor shall any question be put upon the enacting formula.
(11) At the conclusion of the proceedings in Committee on a bill,
the Chairman shall put the same question "That the bill (or the bill as
amended) be reported to the Council" which question shall be decided without
amendment or debate.
(12) If any Member, before the conclusion of proceedings on a bill
moves to report progress and such motion is carried, or if the proceedings in a
Committee of the whole Council have not been finished at the moment of inter-
ruption, the Chairman shall leave the Chair of the Committee and the Member
in charge of the bill report progress to the Council and ask leave to sit again,
and name a day for the resumption of the proceedings.
(13) A Committee having met to consider a bill shall proceed with
its consideration, except that during the proceedings on a bill the Member in
charge of the' bill may, subject to the discretion of the Chairman, move a
motion "That the Committee do not proceed further with the bill". If the
motion is carried the Committee shall then report the bill to the Council as so
far amended or without amendment as the case may be, and make a special
report explaining its proceedings on the bill, and the special report and the
bill shall be ordered to lie upon the Table without question put.
Procedure in Select Committee on a Bill.-
52. A Select Committee on a bill shall be subject to Standing Orders
No. 67 (Procedure in Select Committees) and No. 68 (Divisions in Select
Committees) but before reporting the bill to the Council, it shall go through the
bill as provided in Standing Order No. 51 (Procedure in Committee.of thq
whole Council on a Bill).
Procedure on reporting of Bills from Committee of the whole Council.
53. So soon as a Conimittee of the whole Council has agreed that a bill
be reported, the Council shall resume, and the Speaker shall report it to the
Recommittal of Bills reported from Committee of the whole Council.
54. (1) If any Member desires to delete or amend any provision contained
in a bill as reported-from a Committee of the whole Council or to introduce any
new provision therein he may at any time before a Member rises to move the
third reading of the bill move that the bill be recommitted either wholly or in
respect only of some particular part or parts of the bill or some proposed new
clause or new schedule, no notice of such motion being required, and if the
motion is agreed to the bill shall stand so recommitted. The Council may then
upon motion made, resolve itself into Committee to consider the business so
recommitted either forthwith or upon a later day.
(2) When the whole bill has been recommitted, the Committee shall
go through the bill as provided in Standing Order No. 51 (Procedure in
Committee of the whole Council on a Bill).
(3) When the bill.has been recommitted in respect only of some
particular part or parts or of some proposed new clause or new schedule the
committee shall consider only the matter so recommitted and any amendment
which may be moved thereto.
(4) At the conclusion of the proceedings in Committee on a bill
recommitted under the provisions of this Order, the Chairman shall put the
question "That the bill (or the bill as amended on recommittal) be reported to
the Council" which question shall be decided without amendment or debate.
So soon as the bill has been reported the Member in charge of the bill may
either name a future day for the third reading of the bill or move that it be
read a third time forthwith.
Proceedings on Bills reported from Select Committ"a.
55. (1) When a Bill has been reported from a Select Committee the
Council may proceed to consider the bill as reported from the Select Committee
upon a motion "That the report of the Select Committee on the.......Bill be
adopted", moved under paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 70 (Report:;
from Select Committees).
(2) If that motion is agreed, to without amendment, the Council may
proceed to the third reading of the bill as reported from the Select Committee.
(3) Upon a motion to approve the report of the Select Committee on
a bill, any Member may propose an amendment to add, at the end of the motion,
the words "subject to the recommittal of the bill (either wholly or in respect
only of some particular part or parts of the bill or of some proposed new clause
or new schedule) to a Committee of the whole Council," and if that motion is
agreed to with such an amendment the bill shall stand so recommitted. The
Council may then, upon motion made, resolve itself into a Committee to consider
the business so recommitted.
(4) A Committee of the Whole Council upon a bill recommitted under
the provisions of this Order shall proceed in accordance with paragraph (2)
or paragraph (3) of Standing Order No. 54 (Recominittal of Bills reported
from Committee of the whole Council), and the conclusion of its proceedings
and the remaining proceedings on the bill shall be subject to paragraph (4) of
56. (r) On the third reading of a bill amendments may be proposed to
the question "That the bill be now read a third time" similar to those which
may be proposed on second reading but the debate shall be confined to the
contents of the Bill. k
(2) Amendments for the correction of errors or oversights may with
the Speaker's permission, be made before the question for the third reading of
the bill is put from the Chair but no amendments of a material character shall
(3) Whep a bill has been read a third time, a printed copy of it
signed by the Clerk shall be forwarded by the Clerk of the Council to the
Administrator for his assent.
(4) When it shall have been communicated to the. Council that the
Administrator is prepared to signify the Royal Assent to a Bill subject to
certain amendments, the amendments shall be appointed for consideration on
a future day and on the order for their consideration on that day being read,
a question shall be proposed that the amendments shall be considered seriatim
and debate and amendments shall be relevant to the amendment under consid-
eration an amendment shall not be proposed- to the Bill unless it arise strictly
from the acceptance of one of the Administrator's amendments.
Withdrawal of Bills.
57. The Member in charge of a bill may make a motion, without notice,
for its withdrawal, either before the commencement of Public Business or when
any stage of the Bill is reached in the Order of Business.
Bills containing substantially the same provisions.
58. Once the second reading of any bill has been agreed to or negatived,
no question shall be proposed during the same session for the second reading of
any other bill containing substantially the same provisions.
Standing Committee on Finance.
59. (1) There shall be a Standing Committee on Finance, to be known as
the Finance Committee, which shall consist of the Chief Minister as Chairman,
and all the Unofficial Members of the Council save the Speaker. In the
absence of the Chief Minister, an Unofficial Member of the Executive Council
nominated by him shall act as Chairman of any meeting of the Finance
(2) The Finance Committee shall siL at such times as may be deter-
mined by the Chief Minister. Not ess than forty-eight hours' notice of each
meeting shall be given to the Members, but in cases of urgency shorter notice
may be given.
S(3) The Chairman and five other Members of Finance Committee shall
constitute a quorum.
(4) All votes entailing expenditure from public funds for which the
sanction of the Legislative Council is necessary shall be considered by the
Standing Committee on Finance before they are submitted to the Council for
(5) At each meeting of the Council it shall be the duty of the Chair-
man of the Standing Committee on Finance to present to the Council the
Minutes of the Committee.
((i) Each i:.m of expenditure that b!!.i been approved by the Com-
mittee shall be splcifieali:.y submitted for the approval of the Council. No
item of expenditure which has not been approved by the Committee shall be
submitted for the consideration of the' Co!rlcil nnles a motion to that effect be
(7) The Finance Committee may continue its sittings although the
Council is adjourned or prorogued and shall not stand dissolved until dissolu-
tion f the Council.
Presentation and Second Reading of Appropriation Bill.
60. (1) Any bill containing the estimated financial requirement for ex-
penditure on all the services of the Government for the current or succeeding
financial year shall be known as a'n Appropriation Bill, and Estimates contain-
ing the details of the said financial requirements shall be laid on the Table
when the Appropriation Bill is presented.
(2) After the Appropriation Bill has been introduced and read a
first time, the motion for the second reading of the Bill shall be proposed
forthwith and the Minister of Finance shall make his, annual financial state-
ment, or budget speech.
(3) After the Minister of Finance has made his budget speech the
motion for second reading of the Bill shall be seconded formally and the
debate thereon shall be confined to the financial and economic state of the
Colony and the general principles of Government policy and administration as
indicated in the Bill and the Estimates.
(4) On the conclusion of the debate the Appropriation Bill and the
Estimates shall stand referred to a Committee of- the whole Council to be
known as the Committee of Supply. The deliberations -of the Committee shall
be in public.
Procedure in Committee of Supply.
61. (1) On the consideration of the Appropriation Bill in Committee of
Supply the clauses of the Bill shall stand postponed until after consideration of
the schedule or schedules.
(2) On consideration of the schedules each head of expenditure shall
be considered with the appropriate Estimates, and any reference in these
Orders to a sub-head or an item means a sub-head or an item in the Estimates
for the head then under discussion.
(3) On the consideration of a schedule, the Chairman shall call the
title of each head of expenditure in turn, and shall propose the question "That
the sum of $. .for head. .stand part of the schedule", and unless an amend-
ment is proposed under the provisions of the next succeeding Order, a debate
may take place on that question. Any such debate shall be confined to the
policy of the service for which the money is to be provided and shall not deal
with the details of any item or sub-head but may refer to the details of revenues
or funds for which that service is responsible.
(4) When all the heads in a schedule have been disposed of, the
Chairman shall put forthwith without amendment or debate, the question
"That the ,ehedule (as amended) stand part of the Bill.
(5) When every schedule has been disposed of the Chairman shall
put forthwith without amendment or debate, the question "That the clause
stand part of the Bill" and, unless a consequential amendment is moved, that
question shall be disposed of without amendment or debate.
(6) No amendment may be moved to any clause except any amend-
ment consequential on an alteration in the total sum appropriated by any
schedule. Any such consequential amendment shall be moved by a Minister
only, and may be moved without notice and the question thereon shall be put
forthwith without amendment or debate. When the question on the last or
any such amendments to a clause has been decided the Chairman shall forth-
with put the question "That the clause as amended stand part of the Bill"
and that question shall then be decided without amendment or debate.
(7) When the question upon every clause of the Bill has been decided
the Chairman shall put the question to the Council that the Bill (as amended)
be reported to the Council, which question shall be decided without amendment
or debate. Upon such question being agreed to, the Chairman shall leave the
Chair and the Council shall resume, and the Speaker shall report it to the
Amendments to Heads of Estimates in Committee of Supply.
62. (1) An amendment to any head of expenditure to increase the sum
allotted thereto whether in respect of any item or subhead or of the head itself
may only be moved by a Minister who shall signify to the Committee the
recommendation of the Administrator to the increase in accordance with para-
graph (3) (g). of Standing Order No. 51 (Procedure in Committec of the whole
Council on a Bill).- Every such amendment shall take the form of a motion
"That head . . be increased by $..... (in respect of sub-head...... item
....) (sub-head. ... )".
(2) An amendment to increase a head whether in respect of any item
or sub-head or of the hcad itself shall take precedence over an amendment to
reduce the head in the same respect, and if it is carried no amendment to reduce
the head in that respect shall be called.
(3) An amendment to any head of expenditure to reduce the sum
allotted thereto in respect of any item therein may be moved by any Member,
and shall take the form of a motion "That head ...... be reduced by $ ...... in
respect of (or by leaving out) sub-head ........ item .......".
(4) An amendment to reduce a head in respect of any sub-head or
by leaving out a sub-head shall only be in order if the sub-head is not itemized.
(5) An amendment to reduce a head without reference to a sub-head
therein shall only be in order if the head is not divided into sub-heads.
(6) An amendment to leave out a head shall not be in order.
Third Reading of Appropriation Bill.
63. So soon as the Appropriation Bill has been reported to the Council a
motion for the third reading shall be made by a Minister. Such motion shall
not require to be seconded, and shall be decided without amendment or debate.
Supplementary Appropriation Bills.
64. If from time to time whether in the course of a particular financial
year or after its close a Supplementary Appropriation Bill is presented the
rules and procedure relating to an Appropriation Bill shall apply.
65. A Select Committee shall be appointed by order of the Council and
shall have power to elect its own Chairman.
Constitution of Select Committees.
66. -(1) Every Select Committee shall be so constituted as to ensure so
far as is possible, that the balance of parties in the Council is reflected in the
(2) In the event of the death of a Member appointed to a Committee,
or if his seat becomes vacant for any other reason the Council shall appoint
another Member in his place, and in so doing shall observe the provisions of
paragraph (1) of this Order.
Procedure in Select Committees.
67. (1) If the Chairman is unable to be present at any meeting, the
Committee shall elect another Chairman whose tenure of office shall be for the
day of his election.
(2) A select Committee shall have power to send for persons, papers
and records and shall have leave to report its opinion and observations, together
with the minutes of evidence taken before it to the Council.
(3) Unless the Council otherw-.ise directs two Members shall be
the quorum. In-ascertaining whether there is a quorum present the Member in
the Chair shall not be excluded.
(4) The deliberations of a Select Committee shall be confined to the
matter referred to it by the Council and any extension or limitation thereof
made by the Council and, in the case of a Select Committee on a bill, to the
bill committed to it and relevant amendments.
(5) The first Meeting of a Select Committee shall be held at such
time and place as the Chairman shall appoint. Subsequent meetings shall be
held at such time and place as the Committee may determine.
Provided that if the Committee fail to do so the Chairman shall, in
consultation with the Clerk of the Council appoint such' time and place.
(6) Except by leave of the Council no Select Committee may sit while
the Council is sitting, but a Select Committee may sit at any time when the
Council is adjourned.
(7) (a) When it is intended to examine any witnesses, the Member
requiring such witness shall deliver to the Clerk of the Committee, the name,
residence and occupation of any witness he desires to examine.
(b) If the Committee desire to summon any witnesses, the Chair-
man shall supply the name, residence and occupation of every such witness to
the Clerk of the Council at least seven days before his evidence is required.
The Clerk shall then summon every such witness on behalf of the Council.
(8) The evidence of every witness shall be taken down verbatim and
sent in proof to the witness. The witness shall be at liberty within fourteen
days from that on which the Clerk sent out the proof to suggest corrections due
to inaccurate reprinting and the evidence shall be printed with such of the
corrections as may be approved by the Chairman.
(9) The Committee may at its discretion refuse to hear any irrele-
vant evidence or any recalcitrant witness.
(10) (a) Any Member of a Select Committee may bring up a report
for its consideration, and all such reports shall be entered in full upon minutes
of proceedings of the Committee. When all the reports have been brought up,
the Chairman shall propose the reports in order until one is accepted as a basis
for discussion, beginning with his own report and proceeding with the remain-
der in the order in which they were brought up. The question to be proposed
by the Chairman on any report shall be "That the Chairman's (or Mr......'s)
report be read a second time paragraph by paragraph". When this question
has been agreed to it shall not be proposed on any further reports but any
portions thereof may be offered as amendments to the report under considera-
tion, if they are relevant to it.
(b) The Committee shall then proceed to go through the report
paragraph by paragraph and paragraphs (1) to (7) of Standing Order No. 51.
(Procedure in Committee of the whole Council on a Bill) shall apply to such
consideration as if the report were a bill and the paragraphs thereof the clauses
of the bill.
(c) Upon the conclusion of the consideration of the report para-
graph by paragraph and when all proposed new paragraphs have been con-
sidered the Chairman shall put the question that this report be the report of
the Committee to the Council.
Divisions in Select Committees.
68. (1) Every division in a Select Committee shall be taken by the clerk
to the Committee asking each Member of the Committee separately how he
desires to vote and recording the votes accordingly .
(2) In taking the division, the names of all Members of the Committee
present shall be called in alphabetical order.
(3) When a division is claimed in a Select Committee every Member
of the- Committee present shall, unless he expressly states that he declines to
vote, record his vote either for Ayes or Noes. The Clerk to the Committee shall
enter in the minutes of the proceedings therecord of each Member's vote and
shall add a statement of the names of Members who declined to. vote.
(4) As soon as the clerk has collected the votes he shall state the
number of Members voting for the Ayes and Noes respectively and the Chair-
man shall then declare the result of the division. The Chairman shall not have
an original vote but in the event of an equality of votes he sha]l give a casting
(5) If a Member of the Committee states that he voted in error or
that his vote has been wrongly counted he may claim to have his vote altered
provided that such request is made as soon as the Clerk has announced the
numbers and before the Chairman has declared the result of the division.
Premature publication of evidence.
69. The evidence taken before any Select Committee and any documents
presented to such Committee shall not be published by any Member of such
Committee or by any other person before the Committee have presented their
Report to the Council.
Reports from Select Committees.
70. (1) Every Select Committee shall make a report to the Council upon
the matters referred to them before the end of the session in which the Com-
mittee were appointed, but if a Committee find themselves unable to conclude
their investigation before the end of the session, they may so report to the
(2) A Select Committee shall have leave to make a special report
relating to the powers, functions and proceedings of the Committee on any
matters which they may think fit to bring to the notice of the Council.
(3) A report or special report together with the minutes of proceed-
ings of a Select Committee and the minutes of any evidence taken before that
Committee shall be presented to the Council by the Chairman or other Member
deputed by the Committee and shall be ordered to lie upon the Table and be
printed without question put.
(4) The minutes of proceedings of a Committee shall record all
proceedings upon the consideration of any report or bill in the Committee and
upon every amendment proposed to such report or bill together with a note of
any division taken in the Committee and of the names of Members voting
therein or declining to vote.
(5) The report of a Select Committee may be taken into consideration
on a motion "That the report of the Select Committee on ..... be adopted".
Such a motion may be moved by any member after one clear day's notice.
71. (1) Every Bill (not being a Government measure) intended to affect
or benefit some particular person, association or corporate body, herein called
a "Private Bill", shall in accordance with the Royal Instructions, contain a
clause saving the rights of Her Majesty the Queen, Her Heirs and Successors,
all bodies political and corporate and all others, except such as are introduced in
the Bill and those claiming by, from, or under them, and shall be introduced
into the Council under the provisions of this rule.
(2) Any Bill (not being a Government measure) which, in the opinion
of the Speaker, appears to affect directly private rights or property, shall be
introduced into,the Council as a Private Bill under the provisions of this rule.
(3) A Private Bill shall be introduced by a Member, only:-
(a) on petition from the promoters, stating the objects of and
reasons for the Bill, and,
(b) after notice of the Bill has been given by not less than three
successive publications of the Bill in the Gazette, and, in
addition to such notice in the Gazette, after three notices
have been inserted in a newspaper circulating in the Colony,
containing a statement of the objects of and the reasons for
(4) The petition shall be presented by being lodged with the Clerk,
and shall be read at the first ordinary meeting of the Council after it is so
lodged, and, thereupon the Speaker shall put the question that the promoters
be allowed to proceed.
(5) (a) When leave to proceed has been granted, a copy of the Bill
shall be lodged with the Clerk within six months next after such leave has been.
(b) On lodging such Bill, the promoters shall produce a certifi-
cate under the hand of the Accountant General certifying
that the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars or such less
sum as the Accountant General may in writing approve, to
meet the expenses of printing, has been deposited with the
Accountant General together with a bond executed by two
sufficient persons obliging them to pay on demand to the
Clerk any excess over the deposited sum required for such
(c) The Clerk shall cause the Bill lodged with him to be printed
as early as possible, and, at the first ordinary sitting of the
Council after the printing is completed the Speaker if he is
satisfied that the notices required by paragraph (3) hereof
have been published, shall put the question that the Bill
be read a first time, upon which no discussion shall be
allowed. After the Bill is read a first time, it shall stand
upon the notice paper for second reading at the next or-
dinary sitting of the Council and the promoters may propose
any amendments, which they think fit, but the Speaker, if
he considers such amendments beyond the scope of the Bill,
shall report his opinion to the Council.
(6) Upon the day ordered for second reading the Speaker shall, unless
the Council otherwise orders, propose the question that the Bill be read a
(7) After the Bill has been read a second time, it shall stand referred
to a Select Committee to be chosen by the Council.
(8) (a) Every Select Committee on such a Bill shall require proof
of the facts and other allegations set forth in the Bill as
showing- that it is expedient that the Bill should be passed,
and may take such oral or other evidence it may think re-
quisits; and thereafter if the Select Committee finds that the
said facts and allegations are not proved, it shall report to
the Council accordingly, and thereupon no further proceed-
ings shall be taken with reference to the Bill, unless the
Council makes a special order to the contrary.
(b) If the Select Committee finds that the said facts and allega-
tions have been proved, the Committee shall consider the
the several clauses of the Bill, and may strike out clauses,
add new clauses and make any other amendments which it
shall deem necessary, and in respect of such new clauses and
other amendments shall describe their purpose in a Special
Report to the Council. No new clauses or amendments
shall be allowed in such a Bill which are foreign to the
objects of and reasons for the Bill or which are beyond
(9) No person, other than a Member of the Council, shall be heard
in opposition to any Private Bill, unless he has previously lodged a petition
with the Clerk showing the nature of his objections to the Bill, and stating
whether his objections extend to the whole or some part of the preamble, if any,
or to the clauses of the said Bill, and praying that he may be heard by himself
or his Counsel against the Bill.
(10) Subject to the provisions of this rule, all petitions against a Bill
containing a prayer that the petitioners be heard by themselves or Counsel
shall stand referred to the Select Committee, and the Select Committee shall
hear all such opposers who appear to have a locus stand.
(11) The Select Committee shall examine the Bill and make such
amendments thereto as it thinks proper, and shall report to the Council that
it has examined the Bill, and (if the fact be so), made amendments thereto,
and shall make to the Council such recommendations, if any, as it thinks fit.
(12) After the report of the Select Committee has been presented to
and adopted by the Council, the Speaker shall put the question, without amend-
ment or debate, that the Bill be read a -third time.
(13) As soon as practicable after any Private Bill is passed, rejected,
dropped or abandoned, the Clerk shall. make out an account showing the
expenses of printing, and shall transmit the same, signed by him, to the Ac-
countant General, who thereupon shall, if the amount of the account is less
than two hundred and fifty dollars transfer such amount from the deposited
sum of two hundred and fifty dollarsto the general revenue of the Colony,
and pay the balance to the depositors, their executors or administrators.
(14) If the account for the expenses of printing exceeds two hundred
and fifty dollars the Accountant General shall transfer the whole of the de-
posited sum to the credit of the general revenue of the Colony, and the Attorney
General shall in the event of the promoters failing to pay the Accountant
General the balance, take proceedings to enforce payment of such balance.
Absence of Members.
72. (1) Any Member who is prevented from attending a meeting of the
Council shall acquaint the Clerk as early as possible of his inability to attend.
(2) If any nominated or elected Member is absent from the Council
for more than three consecutive meetings without the leave of the Speaker
obtained in writing before the expiration of that period, the Clerk shall, imme-
diately after the third such meeting direct the attentionof the Member con-
cerned to the provisions of this Order. If the Member continues to be absent
for the next three meetings,then, unless before the expiration of the last of
those meetings, the Member has obtained the leave of the Speaker in writing or
unless the Council upon motion made without notice has granted him leave
of absence, he shall vacate his seat under section 29 (3) (b) of the Constitution.
Employment of Members in Professional Capacity.
73. No Member of the Council shall appear before the Council or any
Committee thereof as Counsel or Solicitor for any party or in any capacity
for which he is to receive a fee or reward.
Report of Debates.
74. (1) An official report of all speeches made in the Council shall be
prepared under the supervision of the Clerk acting under such instructions
as the Speaker may give.
(2) The report shall be published in such form as the Speaker may
direct, and a copy thereof shall be sent to each Member as soon as practicable.
75. (1) Strangers may be admitted to the Council under such rules as
the Speaker may make from time to time for that purpose.
(2) If at any sitting of the Council. any Member shall move that
strangers withdraw, the Speaker shall forthwith put the question "That
strangers do withdraw" without permitting any debate or amendment.
(3) The Speaker may, whenever he thinks fit, order the withdrawal
of strangers from any part of the Chamber and its precincts, and may order the
doors of the Chamber to be closed.
(4) Strangers shall withdraw from-the Chamber and its precincts
when called upon to do so by the Speaker.
76. The Speaker may grant a general permission to the representative of
any journal to attend the sittings of the Council, under such rules as he may
make from time to time for 'that purpose. If such rules are contravened, such
permission may be revoked.
Amendment of Standing Orders.
77. (1) Unless the Speaker shall otherwise direct, not less than seven
days' notice of a motion to amend the Standing Orders shall be given, and the
notice shall be accompanied by a draft of the proposed amendments.
(2) The motion shall be set down for the earliest sitting after the
expiration of the notice.
(3) When the motion is reached, the mover shall move the motion,
and after it has, if necessary, been seconded, the motion shall be referred forth-
with, without any question being put thereon, to a Select Committee on Stand-
ing Order, and no further proceedings shall be taken on any such motion
until the Committee has reported thereon.
Suspension of Standing Orders.
78. Any one or more of the Standing Orders may after notice, or with
the leave of the Speaker, be suspended on a motion made by a Member at any
General Authority of the Speaker.
79. .(1) The Speaker shall have power to regulate the conduct of business
in all matters not provided for in these Rules.
(2) The Speaker shall be responsible for the management and gei-
eral administration of the Council Chamber.
(3) The decision in all cases for which these Standing Orders do not
provide, shall lie within the discretion of the Speaker, and shall not be open
Practice of Parliament.
80. (1) -In cases of doubt the Standing Orders of this Council shall be
interpreted in the light of the relevant practice of the Commons House of
Parliament of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
(2) In any matter for which these Standing Orders do not provide
the same practice shall be followed, but no restrictions which the House of
Commons has introduced by Standing Order shall be deemed to extend to the
Council or its members until the Council has provided by Standing Order for
81. The Legislative Council Rules 1953 (No. 3 of 1954) and all amend-
ments thereto are hereby revoked.
Forms of Oath and Affirmation.
1. Oath of Allegiance.
I.......................do swear that I will be faithful and bear true
allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Succes-
sors, according to law.
So help me God.
2. Affirmation of Allegiance.
I ..........................do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare
that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
the Second, Her Heirs and Successors, according to law.
So help me God
Made by the Legislative Council under Section 34 of the Saint-Vincent
(Constitution) Order in Council, 1959, this 11th day of April, 1963.
0. S. BARROW,
Clerk, Legislative Council.
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