In the House of Commons, it is possible to raise a point of order with the Speaker. One cannot do that in the Lords. We are a self-regulating chamber, so formally the authority figure for appeal and enforcement comprises the the House itself. Any member can rise to call attention to a transgression of the rules, but one does not call it a point of order but instead cites what appears in The Companion to the Standing Orders . Thus, for example, a member may rise to draw the attention of a peer who has been speaking for more than 15 minutes to the fact that, according to The Companion, speeches should not exceed 15 minutes.
However, the recent influx of former MPs does appear to have left some a little unsure as to where they are. On Wednesday, for example, during debate on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, Hansard records the following exchange:
“Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords-
Lord Wallace of Tankerness: No, I think I have been very patient. I have been remarkably patient.
A noble Lord: On a point of order, Mr Speaker-
Lord Campbell-Savours: Well, there is no Speaker here. We are not arguing that would prevent any member of the public registering to vote prior to…..”
This may well be the first time that the phrase ‘On a point of order, Mr Speaker’ has been uttered in the Upper House!