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Politicians Agree 15 Minute Speech Limit

Most speeches in the States Assembly will now have a 15 minute time limit.

Politicians have agreed to introduce guidelines aimed at keeping parliamentary sittings shorter.

The proposal from Privileges and Procedures was supported by 26 votes to 19.

Committee Chairman Deputy Russell Labey said it will stop many debates from needlessly over-running.

He insisted that States Members wishing to speak in a debate will still be able to do so, but the Presiding Officer would be able to impose the limit where its felt nothing new is being contributed to the discussion.

 "PPC’s proposal is that there should be a straightforward change to standing orders to introduce a presumption that Members do not speak for more than 15 minutes in debates, subject to discretion on the part of the presiding officers to permit longer speeches, or to reduce the time limit, in certain circumstances.

A time limit would not apply to the Member bringing a proposition, and nor should it apply to a Member directly affected by a proposition – for example, a Member who is the subject of a vote of no confidence."
 

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