Appendix 23

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Appendix 23 Proportion of House time spent considering certain categories of business 1995–2010


 Year Government Business Private Members’ Business Other
opportunities for Private Members
Business of the House

1990 52 6 18 23
1991 57 12 13 18
1992 58 12 14 17
1993 62 8 15 15
1994 62 8 14 16
1995 59 9 13 18
1996 54 8 16 21
1997 58 8 15 19
1998 53 8 18 22
1999 59 8 14 18
2000 57 7 15 21
2001 57 6 15 22
2002 57 7 16 20
2003 60 8 14 19
2004 59 4 18 19
2005 60 9 15 16
2006 53 15 15 17
2007 60 5 16 19
2008 60 4 15 21
2009 65 3 10 22
2010 55 7 18 20


Government business
includes government sponsored legislation and motions (including motions to suspend standing orders) and ministerial statements.
Private Members business includes legislation and motions (including motions to suspend standing orders) sponsored by private Members and statements by Members.
Other opportunities for private Members includes adjournment and grievance debates, discussion of matters of public importance and debates on the Address in Reply (1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010).
Business of the House includes time spent on petitions, giving notices, question time, presentation of papers (excluding motions to take note), privilege matters, personal explanations, dissent motions, announcements of ministerial arrangements, motions to appoint committees (unless moved by private Members), statements and debate on committee reports, motions for addresses, votes of condolence, leave of absence and special adjournment.

Note: Figures have been rounded. Does not include time spent in Main Committee.
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