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Chapter X - PRIVILEGES

68.  Question of privilege.– A member may, with the consent of the Speaker, raise a question involving a breach of privilege either of a member or of the Assembly or of a Committee.

 

69.  Notice of question of privilege.– (1) A member wishing to raise a question of privilege shall give notice in writing to the Secretary not less than one hour before the commencement of the sitting on the day the question is proposed to be raised.

     (2)  If the question raised is based on a document, the notice shall be accompanied by the document.

     (3)  The Speaker may, if he is satisfied about the urgency of the matter, allow a question of privilege to be raised at any time during the course of a sitting after the disposal of questions.

 

70.  Conditions of admissibility of question of privilege.– The right to raise a question of privilege shall be governed by the following conditions; namely–

    (a)    the question shall relate to a privilege granted by the Constitution, the law or the rules made under any law;

    (b)    not more than one question shall be raised by the same member at the same sitting;

    (c)    the question shall relate to a specific matter and shall be raised at the earliest opportunity;

    (d)    the matter shall be such as requires the intervention of the Assembly; and

    (e)    the question shall not reflect on the personal conduct of the Governor.

 

71.  Mode of raising a question of privilege.– (1) Where a notice raising a question of privilege has been admitted, the Speaker shall, after the disposal of questions, if any, and before other business on the List of Business is entered upon, call upon the member who gave the notice and thereupon the member shall raise the question of privilege and make a short statement relevant thereto.

     (2)  Where a member is allowed to raise a question of privilege during the course of a sitting under the sub-rule (3) of rule 69, he shall raise the question immediately on his being allowed to do so, or at such other time as the Speaker may direct.

     (3)  A Minister or the Parliamentary Secretary concerned shall have a right to reply.

 

72.  Precedence of question of privilege.– A question of privilege shall have precedence over adjournment motions.

 

73.  Consideration by the Assembly or reference to the Committee.– If the Speaker holds the motion to be in order, the Assembly may consider and decide a question of privilege or may, on a motion either by the member who raised the question or by any other member, refer it for report to the Committee on Privileges.

 

[1][74. Reference by the Speaker.– Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, the Speaker may, in consultation with the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, refer any question of privilege to the Committee on Privileges for report to the Assembly.]

 

75.  Consideration of the report of the Committee.– (1) After the report has been presented, a member may move that the report be taken into consideration whereupon the Speaker may put the question to the Assembly.

     (2)  A member may move an amendment that the matter be recommitted to the Committee for examination of a point or points which may have been left out of consideration by the Committee.

     (3)  The Assembly may agree with the report, with or without amendments, or may disagree with it and may itself decide the question of privilege.

 

76.  Priority for consideration.– A motion that the report of the Committee on Privileges be taken into consideration shall be accorded the priority assigned to a matter of privilege and when a date has already been fixed for the consideration of the report, it shall be given priority as a matter of privilege on the day so appointed.

 

77.  Intimation to Speaker by Magistrate, and others, of arrest, detention, etc. of members.– When a member is arrested on a criminal charge or for a criminal offence or is sentenced to imprisonment by a court or is detained under an executive order, the committing judge, magistrate or executive authority, as the case may be, shall immediately intimate such fact to the Speaker indicating the reasons for the arrest, detention or conviction, as the case may be, as also the place of detention or imprisonment of the member in the appropriate form set out in the Fourth Schedule.

78.  Intimation to the Speaker on release of members.– When a member is released on bail before or after conviction or is otherwise released, such fact shall be intimated to the Speaker by the authority concerned in the appropriate form set out in the Fourth Schedule.

 

79.  Treatment of communications received from Magistrates, etc.– As soon as may be, after the Speaker has received a communication referred to in rule 77 or rule 78, he shall read it out in the Assembly if it is in session or, if the Assembly is not in session, direct that it may be circulated for the information of the members.



[1]Substituted for the following:

“74. Reference by the Speaker.– Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, the Speaker may refer any question of privilege to the Committee on Privileges for examination, investigation and report.”

This amendment was passed by the Assembly on February 17, 2016; see Notification No.PAP/Legis-1(15)/2013/1380, dated 22 February 2016; published on the same day in the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), pp 3937-44.

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