620. Procedure for sending messages to the other House.

A message is carried with the bills or other documents to which it refers from one House of Parliament to the other by one of the clerks at the table1. The delivery of a message is a purely formal matter which is attended by no ceremony and, therefore, usually causes no interruption to a debate in either House if one happens to be in progress at the time of its arrival2.

In the House of Lords, when the House of Commons clerk who is the bearer of a message from the Commons reaches the bar of the House of Lords,