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Standing orders

The standing orders of Parliament are the rules under which Parliament conducts its business.

They regulate the way MPs and peers behave in the House, and the way debates are organised.

Standing orders allow government business to take precedence in the Commons for three quarters of each session of Parliament.

Standing orders are drafted by the Clerk of the House, in accordance with government instruction.

There are roughly 150 standing orders relating to public business and over 270 relating to private business.

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