Tuesday, 7 July 2009
In the House of Lords, for general debates (including action on a bill, except for debates on specific amendments), Speakers lists are maintained by the Whips Office. Members can sign up for these lists - either in the Whips Office itself (where there is a computer screen) or via the internet. If the debate is in the afternoon they have until noon that day - or 6pm the previous day for a morning debate.
Once the list is closed - it is arranged into order - after consultation "through the usual channels" (defined as the Leaders and/or the Chief Whips of the three main parties, and sometimes (but not always) the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers - Handbook of House of Lords Procedure - Mary Robertson and Thomas Elias (Dods: London, 2006)).
The final list usually appears at around 2pm on most days.
Anyone can see the lists at http://www.lordswhips.org.uk/display/templatedisplay3.asp?sectionid=5