House of Representatives Practice, 6th edition – HTML version

Appendix 22 - Proportion of house time by category of business – recent parliaments

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38th Parliament

39th Parliament

40th Parliament

41st Parliament

42nd Parliament

43rd Parliament

1996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011

Legislation

Government sponsored
48.053.849.854.254.952.051.550.756.858.050.458.653.961.348.850.5
Sponsored by Private Members
0.90.20.50.40.50.90.20.30.11.37.10.20.10.11.32.6
Total
48.954.150.454.555.352.951.751.056.959.357.558.853.961.450.153.0

Motions

Government Initiated
2.42.21.33.71.75.04.47.92.01.21.50.82.40.73.30.7
Initated by Private Members
5.04.76.56.45.13.54.75.13.04.25.63.72.11.13.43.5
Total
7.56.97.810.16.98.49.113.04.95.37.14.54.51.96.64.2

Statements

Ministerial statements
1.71.60.70.80.50.30.50.70.20.20.30.13.62.92.92.3
Statements by Private Members
0.81.00.71.00.70.60.50.70.51.00.60.50.10.71.9
Total
2.42.61.41.81.20.91.01.40.71.20.80.63.72.93.64.1

Matters of public importance

5.56.55.55.86.56.26.15.77.67.67.58.86.66.37.88.8

Adjournment debates

4.65.25.65.15.15.44.94.84.85.05.05.24.34.05.86.7

Grievance debates*

3.03.53.03.63.03.02.83.02.62.82.82.4

Address in reply**

3.33.42.53.13.74.0

Motions to suspend standing orders

Government initiated
1.80.30.70.40.20.00.40.30.20.30.30.50.50.30.41.1
Initiated by Private Members
1.71.70.60.71.01.31.51.80.72.21.80.62.01.41.33.1
Total
3.52.01.31.11.21.31.92.10.92.42.21.12.51.71.74.2

Business of the House***

21.319.221.618.120.921.820.018.918.516.217.118.620.821.920.319.0

* Since 2008 grievance debates have taken place in the Federation Chamber.

** The Address in Reply tales place at the start of each Parliament.

*** For items included in this category ‘Business of the House’ see Appendix 23.

Figures are percentages of House time and do not include proceedings in the Federation Chamber. Discrepancies in totals are due to rounding.


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