Meaning of ten-minute rule in English:

ten-minute rule


  • A rule of the House of Commons allowing brief discussion of a motion to introduce a bill, each speech being limited to ten minutes.

    ‘The idea has already had a hearing during a ten-minute rule bill at the House of Commons.’
    • ‘The Bill, brought under the ten-minute rule, is due to be debated by MPs on Tuesday.’
    • ‘A free debate ensued with distinguished participants observing the ten-minute rule.’
    • ‘The last eight months have seen three Conservative ten-minute rule Bills attempting to limit the provisions of the Abortion Act.’