Call of the house


Call of the house

A call of the house is a motion which can be adopted by a deliberative assembly that has the authority to compel the attendance of its members in the absence of a quorum. The effect of the adoption of this motion is that the president of the assembly makes out arrest warrants which authorize the sergeant-at-arms to arrest any or all absent members and bring them to the meeting hall so that a quorum may be present. This motion is usually seen in houses of legislatures, such as the United States House of Representatives, since no normal voluntary associations have coercive power.

In the United Kingdom the practice is in abeyance. [http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/jt199899/jtselect/jtpriv/43/4311.htm]

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