Chapter IX


Calling Attention


62.   Procedure regarding calling attention.– (1) A member may, with the consent of the Speaker, call the attention of the Chief Minister to any matter involving the law and order situation in the Province, through a ‘Call Attention Notice’.


            Explanation.– ‘Call Attention Notice’ means a notice by which a special question of public importance involving law and order may be raised.


            (2)        The ‘Call Attention Notice’ shall be in the form of a question addressed to the Chief Minister and shall be given in writing to the [1][Secretary General] not less than forty-eight hours before the commencement of the sitting on the day on which it is proposed to be fixed.




63.   Admissibility.– (1) A question under rule 62 shall not be admissible unless–


              (a)  it relates to a definite matter of recent and urgent public importance; and


              (b)  it satisfies the conditions mentioned in rule 48.


        (2)  A member shall not ask more than one such question in a sitting.




64.   Time of calling attention.– (1) The notice shall be included in the List of Business on every Monday and Thursday, in such order as may be determined by the Speaker, in view of the public importance of the question raised thereby.


            (2)        The time for asking and answering such questions shall be fifteen minutes immediately after the question hour.


            (3)        Not more than two such questions shall be included in the List of Business for a sitting.


            (4)        The Speaker may change the day or the time or both for asking a question.


            (5)        A question shall not be asked on the days mentioned in sub-rule (2) of rule 42.


65.   Mode of raising the question.– Upon being asked by the Speaker, the member concerned may raise the question and the [2][Chief Minister[3][, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs] or the Minister concerned] may answer the question on the same day or on any other day fixed by the Speaker.




66.   Restriction on debate.– (1) There shall be no debate on such questions or answers.


            (2)        When the question has been answered, any member may ask such supplementary questions as may be necessary for the elucidation of the answers but the Speaker shall disallow a supplementary question which, in his opinion, infringes any provision of the rules relating to the subject matter and admissibility of such questions or otherwise is an abuse of the right of asking such question.




67.   Notices to lapse.– All notices of questions which are not included in the List of Business on a day immediately following the said notice shall lapse, and notices which, although brought on the agenda, are not disposed of because of expiry of time fixed for the purpose shall also lapse:


            Provided that the questions brought on the List of Business for which the Speaker fixes another day, either himself or on the request of the [4][Chief Minister or the Minister concerned], shall not lapse.


[1]Substituted for the word “Secretary” vide Notification No.PAP/Legis-1(37)/2024/34; published in the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 16 April 2024; pp 4135-36.

[2]Substituted for the words “Chief Minister”, vide Notification No.PAP-Legis-1(43)/97/72, dated 11 June 1997 – see the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 16 June 1997, p.836.

[3]New words inserted vide Notification No. PAP/Legis-1(15)/2013/1380; published in the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 22 February 2016, pp 3937-44.

[4]Substituted for the words “Chief Minister” vide Notification No.PAP-Legis-1(43)/97/72, dated 11 June 1997 – see the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 16 June 1997, p.836.