Antigua & Barbuda

Routine proceedings

Business of a basic nature including such items as tabling documents, presenting petitions, introduction and first reading of bills and statements by ministers.

Routine motion

A motion required for the observance of the proprieties of the House, the maintenance of its authority, the management of its business, the arrangement of its proceedings, the establishing of the powers of its committees, the correctness of its records or the fixing of its sitting days or the times of its meeting or adjournment.

Right of reply

The right of the mover of a substantive motion or a motion for second reading of a bill to speak a second time in debate. This second speech closes the debate.

Responsible government

The principle that ministers are collectively responsible to the Parliament for the actions of the Government. The legislative branch of government thus exercises control over the executive.


A motion adopted by the House in order to make a declaration of opinion or purpose.

Rescind a resolution

To cancel the effect of a resolution previously adopted by the House. The motion proposed concerns the rescinding of the resolution and hence does not deal a second time with a question already decided during the session.

synonym : revoke a resolution.

Reprint (of a bill)

If a bill is amended substantially at committee stage, the committee may order a reprint when it reports the bill to the House. When a bill receives third reading, it may again be reprinted.


Pursuant to an order of the House, a formal reproof addressed by the Speaker/President of the Senate to an offender adjudged guilty of a breach of privilege or of a contempt of the House.

Compare: admonition.

Report to the House

An oral or written statement by a committee to the House, giving the results of an inquiry or requesting additional powers.

Report stage

The stage at which the House considers a bill as reported by a committee, with amendments, if any.

Report progress

To report to the House from a Committee of the Whole, indicating that the committee has not concluded its deliberations. Such a report is necessary because a Committee of the Whole has no power to adjourn its own sitting or to adjourn consideration of a matter to a future sitting.

Referral (to a committee)

The sending of a bill (before or after second reading), paper, instrument or a question to a committee for study and report. Depending on the objectives of the referral, it may be made to a sessional, special or Joint committee.

Recorded vote

A vote where the names of those voting for and against a motion are registered in the official record of the House or of one of its committees. A recorded division may be requested by any member calling “Division”. Members vote by roll call.

Recommittal (of a bill)

The referral of a bill back to committee for further amendment in a specific area or for the reconsideration of a certain clause or clauses. The recommittal is moved as an amendment to the motion for third reading of the bill.

Recall of the House

Pursuant to the Standing Orders, the Speaker/President of the Senate may recall the House, when it stands adjourned during a session, to meet prior to the date to which it stands adjourned.

Reading of a bill

One of the stages of the passage of a bill. The reading stages (first, second and third) each have their own individual function.