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Chapter 8 Sittings, Quorum And Adjournment Of The Senate: 52 Quorum During Sitting



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CHAPTER 8

SITTINGS, QUORUM AND ADJOURNMENT OF THE SENATE

52 Quorum during sitting

(1) If it appears, on the report of a division of the Senate by the tellers, that a quorum is not present, the President shall adjourn the Senate till the next sitting day; and no decision of the Senate shall be considered to have been arrived at by such division.

(2) When the President is informed by the Chairman of Committees that a quorum is not present, the bells shall be rung for 4 minutes; the President shall then count the Senate, and if no quorum is then present, shall adjourn the Senate till the next sitting day; but if a quorum is then present, the President shall leave the chair and the committee resume.

(3) If a senator draws attention to the lack of a quorum, the bells shall be rung for 4 minutes; the President shall then count the Senate, and, if a quorum is not present, shall adjourn the Senate till the next sitting day.

(4) When the attention of the President, or of the Chairman of Committees, has been called to the absence of a quorum, a senator shall not leave the chamber until the Senate has been counted by the President.

(5) The doors of the Senate shall be unlocked when the President is counting the Senate.

(6) When the Senate is adjourned for lack of a quorum the names of the senators present shall be entered in the Journals.

(7) Time taken to form a quorum shall not be regarded as part of the amount of time allowed for a senator to speak in a debate or ask a question or for a debate.

(amended 13 February 1997)