Questions and Motions in Parliament

Question Related Terms

A question relating to a matter of public importance of an urgent character asked with notice shorter than ten clear daysShort Notice Question
A question to which a member wishes to have an oral answer on the floor of the House and which is distinguished by an asterisk.Starred Question
A question placed on the List of Questions for written answer. The written answer to such a question is deemed to have been laid on the Table at the end of the Question Hour.Unstarred Question

Motion Related Terms

A formal proposal by a member that the House do something, order something to be done or express an opinion with regard to some matter. When adopted it expresses the judgement or will of the House.Motion
Motions are of three types - Substantive Motion, Substitutive Motion and Subsidiary Motion
A self-contained independent proposal submitted for the approval of the House and drafted in such a way as to be capable of expressing a decision of the House, e.g., a ResolutionsSubstantive Motion
Motions moved in substitution of the original motion for taking into consideration a policy or situation or statement or any other matter.Substitute Motion
A motion which depends upon or relates to another motion or follows upon some proceedings in the House. By itself it has no meaning and is not capable of stating the decision of the House without reference to the original motion or proceedings of the House.Subsidiary Motion
Subsidiary Motions are of three types - Ancillary Motion, Superseding Motion and Amendment
Motion for the adjournment of the debate on Bills, motions or resolutions etc. or motion to retard or to delay the progress of a business under consideration of the House.Dilatory Motion
A formal motion moved in the House expressing its gratitude for the Address delivered by the President under article 87(1) of the Constitution to both Houses of Parliament assembled together.Motion of Thanks