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Order of Business

Business in the House of Commons takes place according to a strict set of rules.

The rules contained in the official order of business dictate that certain items of business are always given priority over others:

• Business in the House cannot begin until prayers have been said.

• Statements from ministers cannot be made until oral questions have been completed.

• The introduction of new members elected in by-elections takes place after oral questions but not before ministerial statements, and so on.

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