Standing OrdersThese are written rules under which the House regulates its proceedings. The continuing or “standing” nature of rules means that they do not lapse at the end of a session or parliament. Rather, they remain in effect until the House itself decides to suspend, change or repeal them. The detailed description of the legislative process, the role of the Speaker, the nature of the parliamentary calendar and the rules governing the work of committees and private Members’ business are some of the topics covered in the Standing Orders. The House declares them ‘Standing Orders’ when it formally adopts them, and it periodically issues them as a publication for the guidance and use of all Members.