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If someone is being questioned by the officers of a group and each officer is allocated a limited amount of time to ask questions, e.g 5 minutes, can an officer who has asked a question interrupt the person answering the question at any point my using the phrase "reclaiming my time"?

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16 minutes ago, RDW2 said:

If someone is being questioned by the officers of a group and each officer is allocated a limited amount of time to ask questions, e.g 5 minutes, can an officer who has asked a question interrupt the person answering the question at any point my using the phrase "reclaiming my time"?

I watched that hearing to.  There isn't anything in RONR about this.  Well, I missed the footnote Dr. Kapur put in his post.  :)

Edited by George Mervosh
Added the last sentence in embarrassment.

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The nearest that RONR gets to this situation is during debate, where it is specifically prohibited, "Unless the organization has a special rule on the subject, a member cannot yield any unexpired portion of his time to another member, or reserve any portion of his time for a later time—that is, if a member yields the floor before speaking his full ten minutes, he is presumed to have waived his right to the remaining time.*" 11th ed., p. 388, lines 12-18.

The footnote says, in part, "This rule reflects the traditional parliamentary principles. The House of Representatives has a different rule which permits control of all time by a single member or the leaders of the opposing sides of the question."

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1 hour ago, Benjamin Geiger said:

I was under the impression that "reclaiming my time" is a peculiarity of the rules of the US House of Representatives, not something found in RONR.

In RONR, it's generally not possible to yield your time to someone else to begin with, so the question of a member "reclaiming" time does not arise.

A situation in which "someone is being questioned by the officers of a group and each officer is allocated a limited amount of time to ask questions, e.g 5 minutes," certainly does not match anything described in RONR, so it would seem to me that the answer to this question would depend on the rules of the organization.

Additionally, if the guess of Mr. Mervosh and others is correct, the organization in question does not use RONR as its parliamentary authority and is not the sort of organization RONR is designed for, so what RONR says doesn't count for much anyway.

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It seems to me that if an organization is using RONR and a member who has the floor and is speaking in debate yields to another member for a question and the question turns out to be a very lengthy and rambling question, that the speaker can reclaim his time. Since the time for the question  and and answer is coming out of the speaking member's time, he should be able to reclaim his time and resume speaking as he was before he was interrupted with the question.  He has never actually yielded the floor, but has merely consented to use some of his allotted ten minutes of debate time for a question.  I see nothing in RONR that prohibits him from reclaiming his time or which permits the member who interrupted with the question of filibustering the remainder of  the speakers time to prevent him from making any more of his desired points in debate.

Edited to add:  This is perhaps the opposite of what happened during yesterday's House Judiciary Committee hearing, but the principle seems to be the same.  The person who has the floor can reclaim his time if he has not actually yielded the floor.

Edited by Richard Brown
Addded last paragraph

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