|Title||Ch8 Order of business and the sitting day / SITTINGS / Suspension of sittings / Pursuant to standing orders / GRAVE DISORDER
|Source||House of Reps
|Chapter||Order of business and the sitting day
|Chapter No.||Chapter 08
House of Representatives Ch 8 p 241
In the case of grave disorder arising in the House, the Speaker may adjourn the House without question put,1 or suspend the sitting until a time to be named.2 Sittings have been suspended in these circumstances for a period as short as 15 minutes,3 until the next day,4 and until the ringing of the bells.5 On one occasion the Mace, then normally left in the Chamber during the suspension of a sitting, was removed by the Serjeant-at-Arms at the direction of the Speaker.6 On two occasions sittings have been suspended for short periods following grave disorder in the galleries.7
H.R. Deb. (3.5.55) 362; VP 1954â55/184. Current practice is for the Mace to be left in the Chamber during a short suspension and removed during an overnight suspension.
VP 1970â72/209, 691â2.