Speaking in debates in the Chamber

86. In a debate in committee time in the Chamber, the Convener will normally open for the committee and the deputy convener will usually close the debate. Speaking times will vary depending on the length of the debate.

87. In other debates, if a convener wishes to speak on behalf of the committee, he or she should put his or her name on the speaking lists in the usual way. The Committee Clerks will alert the Chamber Clerks that the contribution is to be on behalf of the committee and not the convener as an individual. As with dealing with the media, it will sometimes be necessary for a convener to make clear to the Parliament the capacity in which he or she is speaking. If speaking on behalf of the committee, conveners must take care to ensure that the committee has agreed the views put forward in its name.