Parliamentary Procedure

The following is a comprehensive list of the parliamentary procedures that are used at BritMUN. All delegates are encouraged to use this document to aid themselves with preparations


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MotionExplanationIn order when another delegate has the floor?Requires Second?Debatable?May be reconsidered?Amendable?Vote Required?
(to) postpone indefinitely used to kill a main motion without taking a direct vote on itNoYesYes, debate can go into main questionAffirmative vote onlyNoMajority
(to) amend used to modify another motionNoYesYes, if motion to be amended is debatable.YesYesMajority
(to) commitused to pass a matter to a higher body for decisionNoYesYes, although debate on the motion must be confined to its merits onlyYes, if committee has not begun consideration of the questionYesMajority
(to) limit or extend the time of the debateused to modify how much debate is allowedNoYesNoYes; but if vote was affirmative, only unexecuted part of order. A negative vote on this motion can be reconsidered only until progress in debate has made it essentially a new questionYesTwo-Thirds Majority
(to) move into voting procedureused as a motion to end debate on a pending proposal to bring it to an immediate voteNoYesNoYes. A Negative vote on this motion can be reconsidered only until progress in debate has mad it essentially a new question. NoTwo-Thirds Majority
(to) lay on the tableused only when it is necessary to suspend consideration of a main motion in order to deal with another matter.NoYesNoNegative Vote OnlyNoMajority
(to) fix the time to which adjournused to set the time (and possibly the palce) for another meeting to continue the business of the sessionNoYesNoYesYesMajority
(to) raise a question of privilegepermits a request related to the rights and privileges of the assembly or any of its members to be brought up.Yes, but should not interrupt a person who has begun to speak, unless unavoidable.No, but if raised in the form of a motion, the motion must be seconded.NoNoNoAdmissibility of question is ruled upon by the chair
call for the orders of the dayused as a motion to require the assembly to conform to its agenda or order of businessYesNoNoNoNoNo
(to) adjournused to end the meetingNoYesNoYesYesMajority
(to) recessused as a motion for a short intermission in a meetingNoYesNoNoYesMajority
(to) postpone definitelyused to delay action on a pending question until a different hour or until after a certain eventNoYesYesYesYesMajority, unless it makes the question a special order, in which case a two-thirds vote is required
(to) appeal the decision of the chairused when the chair incorrectly assigns the floor or incorrectly recognizes a member;Yes, at time of appealed rulingYesYes, but motion confined to merits only.YesNoMajority
(to) consider seriatimUsed to consider separately the different parts of a report or long motion consisting of a series of resolutions, paragraphs, articles, or sections that are not totally separate questions. Each part is considered tentatively and amended as necessary. No vote is taken on each part. When all the parts have been considered, the entire motion is considered and voted on as a whole.NoYesNoNoYesMajority
(to) divide the questionused to separate a motion into a set of motionsNoYesNoNoYesMajority
(to) divide the houseMethod for taking a better estimate of a vote than a voice vote. Typically, a division is taken when the result of a voice vote is challenged or when a two-thirds vote is required.YesYesNoYes. A negative vote on this motion can be reconsidered only until progress in debate has made it essentially a new questionNoMajority
(for) a straw polltaken to see if there is enough support for an idea to devote more meeting time to itNoYesNoYesNoMajority
objection to the consideration of a questionUsed to prevent an original main motion from coming before the assembly. This motion is different from an objection to a unanimous consent request.When another has been assigned the floor, until debate has begun or a subsidiary motion has been stated by the chairYesNoNegative vote (sustaining objection) onlyNoTwo-thirds against consideration sustains objection
point of orderused to call to attention of a violation of the rules in a meetingYesNoNo (but chair can permit explanation) NoNoruled by the chair
(to) suspend the rulesAllows the assembly to set aside its normal rules to do something that it couldn't do otherwise. However, there are rules which cannot be suspended.NoYesNoNoNoUsually two-thirds (depends on the rule being suspended)
RequestsExplanationIn order when another has the floor?Requires second?Debatable?May be reconsidered?AmendableVote Required
(for) informationused to request information about the business at handYesNoNoNoNoIs not voted on.
(for) permission to withdraw or modify a motionmade if the maker of the motion wishes to withdraw or change it after it has been stated by the chairIf not granted by unanimous consent, can be moved by person requesting permission, or by another while the former has the floorYes, if motion is made by person requesting permission; no, if made by another memberNoAs to withdrawal, negative vote only; as to modification, yesNoMajority
parliamentary inquiryused when a delegate is unsure about the rules or procedures applying to a certain situation in the meetingYesNoNoNoNoIs not voted on