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A motion is a proposal for a debate.

If Parliament wishes to discuss an issue, then a motion must be presented to the House.

The motion will be relatively short and express the views of the individual or party on the issue to be debated.

Before the debate begins, the motion is moved by the member who tabled it.

The Speaker or Lord Speaker then proposes that the motion is debated and chairs the following discussions.

At the end of the debate members will vote on whether to support or reject the motion. If a motion is agreed to it becomes an Order of the House or a Resolution.

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