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Standing orders committee

The standing orders committee (SOC) is elected by the NUJ delegate meeting (DM). Its members are the servants of DM. We are members of the NUJ and are not paid officials. The committee advises on procedure and considers every motion and amendment. SOC does not rule. It only recommends.

It tries to allow conference to achieve full and fair debate on the agenda within the rules of the union·and the standing orders of conference.

SOC meets for two days immediately after the last date for receipt of motions. It recommends which motions are in order under the rule book. It recommends which motions are out of order and states why. It then puts the motions under subject headings, selects certain motions that seem to cover others (selected motions) and places the subjects in an order in which it hopes they will be debated at DM. It plans a rough timetable for conference and also writes the proposed standing orders.

After amendments are received, SOC meets for another two days. It recommends whether amendments are in order or not and whether they have put 'faulty' motions in order.

Each section of the final agenda is allocated to an DM elected member of SOC.

If you have any queries before DM, contact the person whose name is indicated alongside the subject headings at the beginning of the final agenda.

SOC has no responsibility for ballots conducted during DM.

Find out the current membership of the standing orders committee (members only)