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Highlights From "Rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House of Commons"

I adore rulebooks, because they indicate which offenses had to be explicitly forbidden. They give you a bit of texture about the gap between what an organisation aspires to be, and what it risks becoming.

Put another way, there wouldn’t be a rule without an offender.

We now turn our attention to the “Rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House of Commons”, which governs conduct in the UK’s parliament.

The Basics

Interrupting people

Listening to other people’s opinions

Asking questions on TV

Talking out of your arse

The privilege of freedom of speech in debate… should be exercised responsibly… You should research carefully and take advice before exercising this freedom in sensitive or individual cases


The Speaker’s Office keeps comprehensive records of Members’ success and failure in being called in debate, following ministerial statements, urgent questions and at Prime Minister’s questions. These statistics are always taken into account on subsequent occasions when deciding whom to call.