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Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.  1915.

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a deliberative assembly there are occasions when members wish to obtain information, or to do or to have done things that necessitate their making a request. Among these are the following, which will be treated separately:
(a)Parliamentary Inquiry;
(b)Request for Information;
(c)Leave to Withdraw a Motion;
(d)Reading Papers;
(e)To be Excused from a Duty;
(f)For any other Privilege.
  (a)Parliamentary Inquiry. A parliamentary inquiry, if it relates to a question that requires immediate attention, may be made while another has the floor, or may even interrupt a speech. It should not, however, be permitted to interrupt a speaker any more than is necessary to do justice to the inquirer. It yields to privileged motions, if they were in order when the inquiry was made, and it cannot be debated or amended or have any other subsidiary motion applied to it. The inquirer does not obtain the floor, but rises and says, “Mr. Chairman, I rise to a parliamentary inquiry.” The chairman asks him to state his inquiry, and if he deems it pertinent, he answers it. Or, if the inquiry is made when another has the floor, and there is no necessity for answering it until the speech is finished, the chair may defer his answer until the speaker has closed his remarks. While it is not the duty of the chairman to answer questions


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