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Motion for papers

A motion for papers is a device used in the Lords during a general debate so that the peer who has tabled the motion for debate also has the right to speak at the end of the debate.

Without the motion for papers, debates end with the minister or government spokesman having the final word.

The words "and to move for papers" are added at the end of the motion up for debate.

Most general debates express the opinion of the House through the speeches made in the debate rather than being put to a vote or division at its conclusion.

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