At least four mps must second a motion

A motion can only be dealt with if the MP who proposes it gains the support of at least four other MPs. This can be achieved by co-signing a motion or by a show of hands when the President asks: "Does this motion have sufficient support?"

There is a significant difference between seconding a motion and approving of its content. MPs frequently vote against a motion they have seconded.

Motions are seconded during the course of a debate and voting takes place at a later point in time during the House voting session.

Standard wording

The usual wording of a motion reads as follows: "The House, having heard the deliberations, considering that …; requests the Government …, and proceeds to the orders of the day."

Motion of no-confidence

The House of Representatives can withdraw confidence in a minister or state secretary by proposing a motion of no-confidence. If the motion is passed, the consequences are normally self-imposed and the minister or state secretary concerned resigns.