Tabling is the act of formally putting forward a question, a motion or an amendment in the Commons or the Lords. Members of either House do this by submitting it to the procedural clerks by hand, by post or, in some circumstances, digitally. The item will then appear in the next day's business papers or be added to the dedicated databases for written questions and EDMs.
Each House has a Table Office where parliamentary questions, motions for debate and, in the Commons, EDMs are tabled. Amendments to Bills are often tabled in the Public Bill Offices of each House.
- Commons and Lords Business papers
- Written Questions and Answers database
- Related glossary term: Early day motions (EDMs)